Senior Bowl watch list highlights Longhorns

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Three Longhorns were named to the Senior Bowl watch list Tuesday, with defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr., safety Dylan Haines and offensive lineman Kent Perkins making the cut. The list features the top seniors in the country, as well as the nation’s best NFL prospects. The Senior Bowl kicks off Jan. 28 in Mobile, Alabama.

Texas’ three selections bring their all-time total to 66 since the Senior Bowl’s inception in 1950. Nine of those players are currently in the NFL.

Each of the Longhorns chosen for the watch list has made significant contributions to Texas in their first three years with the program. Boyette has the most experience, boasting 30 career appearances, including six starts in 2015.

Haines has started in 23 of his 24 appearances, leading the Longhorns with five interceptions last year. The fifth-year senior from Lago Vista, Texas, also has the second-highest career interception return yardage in the team’s history.

Perkins was the lone offensive Longhorn to make the watch list, anchoring the Texas offensive line. Perkins started 10 games in 2015, leading the charge for a running game that ranked No. 18 in the nation.