Senior Bowl features three LSU players trying to capture eye of NFL teams

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

Three LSU players will play one final collegiate football game on Saturday when the Senior Bowl takes place in Mobile, Alabama.

Representing LSU in Saturday’s premier college football all-star game will be linebacker Damone Clark, defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. and offensive guard Ed Ingram.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. from Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of South Alabama. The NFL Network will televise the game.

All three LSU players will play for the American squad and will be coached by the Detroit Lions staff. The National squad is coached by the New York Jets staff.

“It’s been a great week,” Clark said on Friday. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of people and practice each day against some of the best players in college football. I’ve learned a lot and it’s been a great experience.”

Clark said he will wear No. 18 in the game on Saturday and that’s he approaching the contest like any other game he played at during his LSU days. “I’m just going to go out there and play my game. I’m going to compete hard on each play, try to make those around me better and do whatever I can to help us win.”

Clark is coming off a breakout season at LSU, one that saw him earn second team All-America honors after leading the SEC in tackles with 135 in 12 games. He added 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and created four turnovers.

Clark’s 135 tackles rank as the fifth-highest total in LSU history and the most for a Tiger since Bradie James set the school record with 154 in 2002. His 15.5 tackles for loss were the most ever for an LSU linebacker and rank No. 9 overall in single-season school history.

Farrell, a native of Mobile, Alabama, had his best season at LSU in 2021, earning All-America honors from Pro Football Focus. He was rated by PFF as one of the two most productive defensive tackles in college football in 2021 with 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

Ingram capped his career at LSU starting 11 games in 2021, including the Texas Bowl against Kansas State. Ingram logged 811 offensive snaps and earned second team All-SEC honors. For his career, Ingram appeared in 45 games, starting 34 times.

All three players are departing LSU with a national championship and their college degree. Clark graduated in December of 2021 with a degree in sports administration. Ingram graduated in May of 2021 with a degree in sports administration, while Farrell, a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, received his diploma in interdisciplinary studies in August of 2021.

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