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By Brenna R. Nelsen, Crimson Staff Writer

While the Crimson’s football season came to a close in November with a victory over Yale, senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk will suit up once again in a couple weeks, having accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl. The event, which pits the nation’s top senior prospects against each other in a pre-draft showdown, will be held Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Juszczyk declined prior invitations to play in both the CDS All-Star Game and the East-West Shrine Game, both of which are also held in January.

Juszczyk was a key piece of the Crimson’s offense for all four of his years at Harvard. As a freshman, he appeared in all of the Crimson’s contests, recording 11 catches for 124 yards. Juszczyk was named honorable mention All-Ivy League the following year.

But his last two seasons for Harvard were particularly impressive. As a junior, Juszczyk recorded a league-best 37 receptions for 512 yards and was the recipient of the College Football Performance Award as the FCS’s best tight end. The two-time All-American finished his senior season with a team-high 52 receptions for 706 yards, including a season-best 15 catches and 192 yards in the Crimson’s contest against Princeton. Juszczyk averaged a team-best 70.6 yards per game and led the Harvard offense with eight touchdown receptions.

The Senior Bowl, which pits North against South, gives NFL coaches and executives the opportunity to watch the nation’s top prospects in action. Annually, 800 NFL coaches and general managers scout the practices and game, with entire NFL coaching staffs at the helm on both sides of the field. This year, head coach Dennis Allen and his Oakland Raiders staff will coach the North squad, while Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and his assistants will lead the South.

The Senior Bowl will be televised by NFL Network. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm EST.

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