CARBONDALE — SIU safety Jeremy Chinn and tight end Nigel Kilby were named to the prestigious Reese's Senior Bowl watch list on Wednesday.
The Senior Bowl is the top postseason all-star game in college football. Two teams made up of 110 of the nation's top players will gather in Mobile, Alabama, next January for a week of practices with NFL coaching staffs leading up to the game on Jan. 29, 2020.
A preseason All-American, Chinn is one of five FCS safeties on the watch list. Last season, Chinn led the Salukis in interceptions (three) and pass breakups (nine) and also forced two fumbles and blocked a field goal. A starter since his freshman season, he ranks among the school's career leaders in three categories — interceptions (13th), pass breakups (third) and forced fumbles (second).
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The 6-foot-8 Kilby was one of three FCS tight ends added to the watch list. Of his 16 receptions in 2018, six of them went for touchdowns. Against South Dakota, he caught seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Kilby began his career at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Garden City Community College and then SIU.
Chinn and Kilby were two of 10 players on the watch list from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Illinois State had four players on the list, quarterback Brady Davis, defensive back Luther Kirk, running back James Robinson and offensive tackle Adam Solomon. Indiana State linebacker Jonas Griffith, Northern Iowa tight end Briley Moore and South Dakota State's Christian Rozeboom (ILB) and Chase Vinatieri (kicker) also made the list.
Players not on the original watch list can be added at any time during the season. SIU hasn't had a player in the Senior Bowl since tight end Damon Jones was selected in 1996. Defensive back Dennis Harmon was picked in 1962.