Alabama safety Jordan Battle has pulled out of the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Battle initially accepted an invitation to the annual Senior All-Star Game on December 27, but will no longer attend the event. Battle is dealing with nagging injuries from the 2022 season and is simply taking preventive measures ahead of the NFL draft, according to sources.
AL.com’s Creg Stephenson was the first to report on Battle’s decision to retire from the game.
Battle was named a second All-America team by the AFCA and Sporting News, and a third All-America team by the Associated Press. He was also selected by the league coaches as a first-team All-SEC honoree and received second-team honors from the AP. The senior safety recorded 62 tackles, along with two pass breaks for the season.
He is the second Crimson Tide player to retire from the Senior Bowl, along with kicker Will Reichard, who changed his mind about turning pro and will return to Alabama for a fifth season.
However, there are still seven former Tide players who will be in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl next week as offensive linemen Emil Ekiyor and Tyler Steen, defensive linemen DJ Dale and Byron Young, tight end Cameron Latu, safety DeMarcco Hellams and linebacker Henry To’o To’o were all announced as members of the Americas team roster later this week.
Former UA linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton will join seven players from last year’s team at this year’s Senior Bowl. As the Detroit Lions’ defensive assistant, Hamilton will coach the American team’s cornerbacks. the bowl announced earlier this week.
The Senior Bowl is an annual postseason college football all-star game that showcases the NFL draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. There, players will have multiple opportunities to interview NFL teams and scouts throughout the week in Mobile.
Two UA players participated in part of the 2022 Senior Bowl in defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis and running back Brian Robinson, both of whom were Day 2 NFL draft picks.
The 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 4th at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT, with NFL Network handling the live broadcast.
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