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Alabama DE Isaiah Buggs accepts invitation to 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl

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One of the biggest traditions in rite of passage from college to the National Football League for an athlete is going to be fun once again next year.  

The 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile (Ala.) is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm CT via NFL Network.

For players that look to increase their draft stock in front of NFL scouts, the senior bowl is an opportunity to rise up the ranks. 

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Isaiah Buggs, defensive end at the University of Alabama, has accepted his invitation to participate and compete as he looks to be one of the top linemen in the upcoming draft. 

Since coming to the Crimson Tide after junior college, Buggs was instrumental in the program’s national championship season in 2017 and is a force on a defensive front that is back in the College Football Playoff again this year. He has totaled 41 tackles – including 12.5 for loss and 9.5 sacks (team-high) in 13 games.

He also accounts for six quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and two force fumbles, en route to assisting a unit that allows 14.8 points a game. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 286 pounds, the former star of Mississippi Gulf Community College stands with 91 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 13 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles in two seasons at Tuscaloosa.

Ex-Tide stars Kenyan Drake, Reggie Ragland, O.J. Howard and Dalvin Tomlinson all had success in the senior bowl. 

Each one improved their draft grade and all are having success at the next level. 

While he is currently focused on defeating Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, congratulations are in order for Buggs on his latest accomplishment.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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