Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
A 6-foot-7, 320-pound senior from Sandwich, Ill., Gilkey has been preparing for the NFL Draft at the prestigious IMG Academy in West Bradenton, Fla., but was recently added to the South roster for the Senior Bowl.
The game in Mobile, Ala., features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects. According to its website, over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other NFL front office personnel attend Senior Bowl practices.
“This entire process has been unbelievable,” Gilkey said. “I’m grateful for it and I’m fortunate to be involved with it. I proudly represent the Eagle on my helmet and I can’t wait to stand out being the small school guy on that field.”
Gilkey was a four-year starter at left tackle for Chadron State and was named to two All-America teams this season, but is expected to play guard in the NFL.
He’s one of just 10 players at the Senior Bowl who didn’t play Division I football and one of just 3 from Division II. The others are Brandon Williams, a defensive tackle from Missouri Southern, and Ty Powell, a linebacker from Harding.
The Senior Bowl kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. (Mountain Time). The game, as well as practices, which start Monday, will be televised by the NFL Network.