With the college football offseason already in full swing, another Bruin has secured his place in one of the college’s top All-Star games.
UCLA Football’s Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver, Jake Bobo, has accepted an invitation to the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl, an annual showcase for alumni interested in drafting into the NFL or playing professionally. His week-long event in Las Vegas will culminate in his All-Star game on February 2nd at Allegiant Stadium.
Bobo was the Bruins’ top receiver with over 300 yards out, finishing the year with 789 receiving yards, 54 catches and seven touchdowns. He came to Westwood in his final year of additional qualification after spending his four seasons at Duke University.
In his four seasons with the Blue Devils, Bobo has 1,441 yards and 126 receptions with three touchdowns. Bobo made the All-ACC Third Team in 2021 after 794 yards and 74 catches for a touchdown.
Duke’s offensive recruiting coordinator and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Farris took the role of tight end coach at UCLA last offseason, and the 6-foot-5-inch receiver was signed to Westwood when he entered the transfer portal. I left the existing connection.
On Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles Times reporter Ben Borch said: Bobo joins in So the showdown with Pittsburgh will be the last time Bobo will suit up in blue and gold.
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UCLA is still awaiting an official decision on Sun Bowl status from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Zach Charbonnet. Vegas has become a reunion of sorts for the Bruins’ leading offensive veterans.
In July, the Shrine Bowl released the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000, a list of draft-eligible players most likely to be selected to the college All-Star Game this winter. The list includes Thompson Robinson, Charbonnet, wide receiver Kazmir Allen, tight end Mike Martinez, center Duke Clemens, guard John Gaines II, offensive tackle Likewon O’Neill and linebacker. of Beau Calvert, linebacker Carl Jones, linebacker Darius Muasau and cornerback Azizi Hahn. .
Bobo was not selected for the list, but his performances during the season may have pushed him over the edge to be selected for the postseason event.
The NFLPA College Eight Bowl and Reese’s Senior Bowl are the most famous showcases for draft-eligible players, and invitations to these will be sent out and accepted in the coming weeks.
UCLA Football sent wide receiver Kyle Phillips and safety Quentin Lake to the Shrine Bowl in 2022, and both were mid-round selections in the NFL Draft a few months later.
The Bruins typically host Pro Day in March, and the 2023 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place April 27-29 in Kansas City.
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