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Ten Sun Belt Players That Should Be In The Senior Bowl

With no players currently listed on either roster of the 2016 Senior Bowl, the Sun Belt may get shut out from the all-star game.

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With your team done with their season, you may have gotten on the Senior Bowl website and realized the same thing I noticed. There is a definite lack of Sun Belt players invited to the upcoming senior showcase.

Last season, Louisiana-Monroe's Justin Manton was the sole Sun Belt player to get an invite to the game. It is a travesty that the Sun Belt could actually get shut out completely from the Senior Bowl, especially considering the fact that the game is played in the home stadium of the South Alabama Jaguars.

Here are ten Sun Belt players that should have the opportunity to impress NFL scouts in the Senior Bowl.

1. Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State: The 2015 Sun Belt Player of the Year, Arbuckle threw for 4,368 yards and 28 touchdowns. The two-year starter led the Panthers to their first ever bowl berth and ended his career with 7,651 yards and 51 touchdowns in the air. He holds virtually every passing record at Georgia State.

2. Ronald Blair, Appalachian State: A two-year player for the Mountaineers, Blair improved upon an excellent 2014 with a senior season for the ages. Blair accounted for 71 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and an interception return for a touchdown. The star defensive end ended his career with 114 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

3. Jamal Robinson, Louisiana: The fifth-year senior somehow came out of the disaster that was the Ragin' Cajuns in 2015 with an excellent season. He averaged an impressive 15.3 yards per catch on 54 catches in the run first offense of Mark Hudspeth. At 6-4, 205, Robinson has the size to play at the next level.

4. Jesse Chapman, Appalachian State: The former walk-on was an important member of the Mountaineers offensive line. He was the anchor in the middle and earned All-Sun Belt honors for his play in the trenches. He deserves the chance to prove himself among the big names from power five programs that will be at the game.

5. Antonio Glover, Georgia Southern: Playing safety for the Eagles, Glover was one of the best in the nation at picking off passes in 2015. He intercepted six passes last fall after intercepting only one pass previously in his Georgia Southern career. Glover ended his career with 140 tackles, two forced fumbles, and seven interceptions.

6. Quinton Bradley, Idaho: A significant contributor on the defensive line, Bradley had a breakout season in 2015. The senior made 49 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and six sacks. He added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The All-Sun Belt honoree ended his career with 142 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, and 15.5 sacks.

7. Tyler Roberts, Troy: Already one of the best defensive linemen in the Sun Belt heading into his senior season, Roberts exploded in 2015. He tabulated 48 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and a forced fumble. The All-Sun Belt defensive end ended his career with 193 tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks.

8. Gerrand Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe: If there is a player that deserves a lifetime achievement award for fighting through multiple losing seasons and still impressing, it is Johnson. The All-Sun Belt honoree made 71 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and three sacks from his interior lineman position. That is unheard of. Johnson ended his career with 271 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks.

9. Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State: The All-Sun Belt defensive back was once an incredible weapon for the Red Wolves on the offensive side of the ball. He rushed for 538 yards as a freshman before making the move to defense as a sophomore. He accumulated 52 tackles and six interceptions last fall. Overall, Hayes had 122 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 10 interceptions.

10. Blake Dees, South Alabama: The Texas Tech transfer got one season with the Jaguars and had an excellent season. Dees ended the season with a team-high 102 tackles and three forced fumbles. The first-team All-Sun Belt linebacker finished his career with 179 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and five forced fumbles.