Michigan’s Ben Mason accepts Senior Bowl invitation

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A third player from Michigan has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Full-back Ben Mason, whose dynamic demeanor has captured the hearts and minds of Wolverines fans for the past four years, pledged this week to appear in the game on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Ala.

Each year, the Senior Bowl offers college graduates and fourth-year juniors who declare for the NFL Draft the opportunity to train and play in front of scouts and staff on the NFL team.

The game will be played on NFL Network at the newly opened Hancock Whitney Stadium on the University of South Alabama campus.

Mason took to social media Monday night to confirm the news, writing “I can’t wait for the next step” on Twitter.

Mason, a senior, played 45 games during his four-year tenure in Michigan, twice winning the team’s “toughest player” award. The 6-3, 254-pound player made 37 carries for 87 yards and nine touchdowns, and caught three passes for 32 yards and one touchdown.

A native of Newtown, Connecticut, Mason was named captain by his teammates for the 2020 season. He is currently ranked as the No.1 fullback in the 2021 NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper.

“This one was a no-brainer,” wrote Jim Nagy, Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL scout. “Trevor Lawrence and Ben Mason might be the only indisputable best players at their respective positions in the 2021 draft. Football is just better with a fullback.

Former Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins and cornerback Ambry Thomas will join Mason at the Senior Bowl this year, both of whom have retired from the 2020 season.

PAID GRADUATES: With Kwity Paye set to leave for the NFL, the Big Ten defensive end shared personal news on Monday.

The Providence, Rhode Island native graduated from the University of Michigan “in 3.5 years,” Paye wrote on Twitter.

“I got this diploma for my mother,” Paye added.

Pay is a first-round projection by some analysts in the NFL Draft, impressed with his speed and athleticism. A former three-star rookie, Paye ended his college career with a three-time Big Ten selection.

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