Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore received a phone call early Tuesday morning he thought would never come.
The voice on the other end offered him a last-minute invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in which he’ll wear No. 86 for the South team, joining a familiar face on the other side. Gillmore will meet up with CSU center Weston Richburg, who has known about his invite since December.
“I had actually just done a really hard leg workout on Monday,” Gillmore said in a statement released by the athletic department. “I was told last week I wasn’t going to be invited, so I was getting ready for four weeks of intense workouts.”
The addition of Gillmore to the lineup gives Colorado State multiple players in the Senior Bowl for the first time since 1998 when now undergraduate assistant coach Joey Porter, Mike Newell, Darran Hall, Jason Craft and Anthony Cesario were invited to represent the Rams.
Gillmore posted 47 receptions for 577 receiving yards throughout the 2013 season. It was the most number of catches by any CSU tight end since Keli McGregor tied for 47 in 1984. His yardage was good enough for third-best in program history for single season yardage.
The 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played this Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. MT.
“I’m definitely excited because this is where I want to be,” Gillmore said.
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