As No. 10 Miami prepares to face No. 6 Wisconsin in the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl at the end of December, three Hurricanes players will have another bowl game to play next month.
It was announced Monday that Canes kicker Michael Badgley and wide receiver Braxton Berrios accepted invitations to participate in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Badgley and Berrios join Miami tight end Christopher Herndon IV, who accepted his invite to play in the game back in November, as UM players that will travel to Mobile, Alabama to go through the five-day long showcase of Division-I FBS seniors.
Herndon sustained a season-ending knee injury in Miami’s regular-season finale in November and likely will be replaced on the event’s final roster – which will be released in January.
Badgley and Berrios will have the opportunity to impress pro scouts, going through practices and drills then playing in the game on January 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Berrios already caught the attention of scouts with the breakout year he had for the Hurricanes.
“BB8” set career highs in receptions (52), receiving yards (634) and receiving touchdowns (9) this season – all team-highs for the Hurricanes and enough to earn Berrios “Offensive MVP” honors at the team’s end of year awards banquet.
Berrios also served as team captain and was the recipient of the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award, honoring the conference’s top scholar-athlete; and earned third-team All-ACC honors at wide receiver and All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition for his contributions on special teams.
He was also named a finalist for the William Campbell Trophy, considered the “Academic Heisman,” and picked up CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honors.
Badgley put together another solid season in 2017, becoming UM’s all-time field goal leader with 76 made kicks – breaking Carlos Huerta’s school record of 73 – and being Miami’s only player named to the All-ACC First Team.
The mullet-wearing kicker, who has made 16 of 20 field goals this season, was also one of the Hurricanes’ team captains this season as was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award – which honors the nation’s top kicker.
Prior to getting hurt, Herndon was also enjoying a breakout year. In his first season as the Hurricanes’ No. 1 tight end, Herndon caught a career-best 40 passes for a career-high 477 yards with a career-high four touchdowns – including a career-best 10-catch, 96-yard performance against Syracuse on October 21.