BOONE, N.C. — App State seniors Demetrius Taylor, Corey Sutton and Jalen Virgil have been named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 list.
With three players included in Thursday’s announcement, App State tied for the most selections among in-state programs and tied for the second-most among Group of Five programs, trailing just UCF.
Taylor is a standout defensive end, while Sutton and Virgil are both explosive receivers. Virgil, an elite-level athlete who ascended to No. 3 overall on the national “Freaks List” from The Athletic, has also excelled in limited reps as a returner.
In recent years, the Reese’s Senior Bowl has released a watch list with nearly 500 players, but given the current health climate, it was trimmed this year to a Top 250 format.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl, the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game, is scheduled for Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala. App State has had a player invited to the game in each of the previous three years.
The 6-foot-1, 275-pound Taylor already has been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy — separate national defensive player of the year honors. He had 44 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, eight QB hurries, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble return for a touchdown last season. He earned several national defensive player of the week honors based on his 2019 performance against North Carolina and has 13.5 sacks among his 22.5 tackles for loss in 39 career games.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Sutton heads into his senior year tied for fifth place in App State history with 17 career TD catches (in just 22 games). He had a team-leading seven touchdown receptions with 41 catches for 601 yards in only nine games during the 2019 season.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Virgil was the No. 1 offensive player on this year’s “Freaks” list. He has produced eight plays of more than 40 yards in his career, including touchdown receptions of 73, 56 and 44 yards last season, and averaged 16.1 yards on his 61 career receptions. His 57-yard kickoff return against South Carolina also set up the Mountaineers’ only offensive touchdown in a 20-15 road win against the Gamecocks.