Katz, McFadden Tabbed to Senior Bowl Watch List

Aug. 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State quarterback Ryan Katz and defensive back Leon McFadden have been named to the first-ever Senior Bowl watch list. It is highlighted by 311 seniors and top NFL draft prospects from 114 different schools, including six student-athletes from the Mountain West.

"The Senior Bowl is very pleased to announce our first-ever `official' Watch List," Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said. "We want both college and pro football fans to enjoy tracking the players on our list as they begin their journey towards the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Draft. We have included prospects from almost every level of the college game and look forward to monitoring their progress throughout the upcoming season."

This is the fourth preseason watch list McFadden has been tabbed to as he is in contention for the Nagurski Award (top defensive player), the Thorpe Award (top defensive back) and the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy Watch List. Last month, the Inglewood, Calif., native was also named MW Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. McFadden led the league in passes defended (17) last year, while recording 46 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions and a sack.

Katz, meanwhile, has earned preseason honors in Lindy's Sports as the publication named him newcomer of the year and No. 2 in NFL Talent in the Mountain West. The Santa Monica, Calif., native joined SDSU this past offseason after playing at Oregon State from 2008-11. While with the Beavers, Katz played in 18 contests, including 14 starts, and threw for 2,722 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for Saturday, Jan. 26 in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.