Mocs Offensive Lineman McClendon Curtis Invited to Play in Senior Bowl

( Senior offensive lineman McClendon Curtis is headed to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January. Curtis was invited there, the East-West Shrine Game (Las Vegas, Nev.) and the Hula Bowl (Orlando, Fla.), but the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., got the nod. It was the start of Cole Strange path to the 2022 NFL Draft’s first round.

“It’s huge because I think you see people get developed and then go play here,” Coach Rusty Wright explained. “Biggest thing is he had an opportunity to play last two or three years and develop himself. You stay and get a chance to play every down instead of going somewhere else and maybe sit behind somebody or share snaps.

“He got the opportunity to play every down here and made the most of it.”

The Mocs have long held a national reputation on the defensive line. But now, the offensive line is taking some headlines as well. Curtis will try to follow in the footsteps of fellow Mocs and Senior Bowl alums Strange (New England) and Corey Levin ’16 (Tennessee) in playing in the NFL.

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