Washburn's Corey Ballentine accepts Senior Bowl invite

(WIBW) - A former Washburn standout will get to showcase his talents on one of the biggest NFL Draft stages.

Courtesy of Washburn/Senior Bowl

Corey Ballentine accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl on Wednesday. he will be the first Washburn representative in the event's history.

The game is played by the nation's top outgoing college seniors and fourth-year junior graduates, with the team's being coached by NFL coaches. It's held in Mobile, Ala. and will be played on Jan. 26, 2019.

"We are thrilled that Corey Ballentine will be coming to the Senior Bowl this year," Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy said. "He is a really intriguing player. His speed was obvious when we saw him play live this fall.

"Just as important as the physical talent, he is also the type of high character person that NFL teams will want to try to develop. Corey has a chance to be one of the highest drafted small-school players in this year's draft."

During his time as an Ichabod, Ballentine thrived as a defensive back and special teams player. He was selected as a first team all-MIAA defensive back as a junior. The Shawnee Heights alumnus finished his Washburn career second all-time in blocked kicks with four and fifth all-time with 24.81 yards per kickoff return.

The Topeka native's career collegiate stats include 186 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions.