While the end of January isn't necessarily associated with college football, WSU fans will have a pair of games to watch during the final weeks of the month. Seniors Destiny Vaeao and Dom Williams will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson California, while Joe Dahl will travel to Mobile, Alabama for the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Dahl, the Cougs' starting left tackle when healthy this season, will play Jan. 30 after spending a few days practicing with his team. The senior bowl is the most well regarded of the postseason All-Star games, and is seen as a good opportunity to impress NFL coaches and scouts.
The game, and its practices, should be even more critical to the draft process for Dahl. Since he missed four games down the stretch before returning for the Sun Bowl, Dahl will want to show coaches that his foot is fully healed and ready to go. In addition, playing on a team from Pullman that uses the air raid, generally doesn't help you get noticed.
Dahl will also play in the East -West Shrine game Jan. 23, before the senior bowl. EDIT: Dahl is not playing in the shrine game but did receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. The senior bowl kicks off at 11:30, also on NFL Network. Last season former Coug wideout Vince Mayle played in the same two games as Dahl, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns.
Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao and wide receiver Dom Williams will also be extending their football careers this month. Both are less likely to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft but should have a shot to at least try out for teams. Neither are listed in the Walter Football positional rankings for this years class. It's far too early to dismiss their chances at a professional career, however, and the collegiate bowl could be the first step in realizing their dreams. The collegiate bowl kicks off at 3 pm, Jan. 23, and you can watch it on ESPN2.
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