Vanderbilt cornerback Hayward will participate in Senior Bowl

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 10:19pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.

Hayward will be the 41st former Commodore to participate in the game and the first Vanderbilt defensive back since Corey Chavous in 1997. The Commodores were last represented by offensive tackle Thomas Welch in 2010.

Hayward finished his career by tying the school record for the interceptions with 15, joining Leonard Coleman (1980-83) atop the list.

This past fall, Hayward picked off a personal-best seven passes. He nabbed two picks in two games, including his last collegiate game with a pair of interceptions in a Liberty Bowl loss to Cincinnati on New Year’s Eve.

Hayward, a native of Perry, Ga., also had 46 passes defended, 148 solo tackles and three forced fumbles in four years at Vanderbilt.

“Casey is very deserving of this Senior Bowl invitation," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. "He finished off a remarkable Vanderbilt career with a tremendous senior season. Casey made a ton of big plays this year and also provided excellent leadership for our defense.

"And as good of a player as Casey is, he's a better person and a great example of everything Vanderbilt football is all about."

The 63rd annual Senior Bowl puts a spotlight on top-tier NFL Draft prospects and will air on the NFL Network at 3:30 p.m.