Northwest leads Senior Bowl acceptances

While the rosters are not set, five Pac-12 players already have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 28.

It's a Northwest-heavy group: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer and Washington CB Desmond Trufant.

The Senior Bowl is the most prestigious postseason college all-star game, mostly because its roster is dictated by NFL scouts.

That doesn't mean every top senior plays in the game. Players certain to go in the top half of the first round -- an Andrew Luck, for example -- often opt out of the game as part of a draft strategy dictated by their agents, who only want their players to showcase their skills in a controlled environment, such as an on-campus individual workout.

The Pac-12 is likely to send more players as invitations/acceptances are announced over the coming weeks.