The Reese’s Senior Bowl, in collaboration with the NFL, will hold the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Combine in Mobile, Alabama on January 28-29, 2022.
Invited players will be selected from four HBCU conferences — CIAA, MEAC, SIAC and SWAC — and other HBCU institutions.
The HBCU Combine will be patterned after the NFL Combine and will be held at the University of South Alabama. It will include the gathering of comprehensive medical information, player interviews, and on-field evaluations of football skills.
Last year’s event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Reese’s Senior Bowl is honored to be collaborating with the NFL to host the inaugural HBCU Combine in Mobile, Alabama,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. “Over the years, the Senior Bowl has served as a showcase for some of the top Black college football players in America, including seven of our game’s 56 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and this event will help many more HBCU players secure further attention and exposure from all 32 teams.”
An HBCU Scouting Committee, composed of current and former league executives, will evaluate and select this year’s participants. The Senior Bowl will provide medical and football personnel to capture pre-Draft information and deliver a world-class experience for HBCU prospects.
“Throughout NFL history, HBCU athletes have exemplified a standard of excellence both on and off the field,” says Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “The HBCU Combine is part of honoring that legacy and making every effort to accelerate exposure of HBCU draft prospects to all NFL clubs. The game is better when all have the opportunity to compete.”
Representatives from all 32 NFL clubs typically travel to Mobile for Senior Bowl week, hosting this event in Mobile ensures maximum visibility for HBCU players — achieving one of the event’s key objectives.
The 73rd Annual Reese’s Senior Bowl will kick off on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Hancock Whitney Stadium.