Howard, Rainey headed to Senior Bowl

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard and running back Chris Rainey have been selected to play in the Senior Bowl.

The game will be played Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala., but it's the week of practice that leads up to the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium that is most important. Scouts, coaches and general managers from all 32 NFL teams pack the practices to evaluate prospects. Most depart Mobile by the end of the week and very few stay for the game, which will be televised on NFL Network. The practices also will be televised on NFL Network.

A good week would help the two prospects rise up teams' draft boards heading into the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 22-28. ESPN Scouts Inc., ranks Rainey (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) as the No. 14 running back -- teammate Jeff Demps, who is not participating in the Senior Bowl, is 11th -- while Howard (6-3, 303) is ranked No. 25 among defensive tackles.

Rainey finished his career eighth on UF's career rushing list with 2,464 yards. He also amassed 3,948 all-purpose yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Howard finished his career with 131 tackles and 11.0 sacks.

"I want to prove that I’m one of the elite defenders in this class this year, and it's a business trip for me," Howard said.