Pitt senior defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix will play in the 2019 Spiral Tropical Bowl, the sixth Panthers senior to accept an invitation to play in a postseason all-star game.
Hendrix, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end from O’Fallon, Illinois, came to Pitt as a transfer from Tennessee in Pat Narduzzi’s first season in 2015.
After sitting out as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules, Hendrix was slotted into a starter’s role in 2016, but was lost for the season to an injury in the first game of the season.
He returned for 2017, starting 10 games at defensive end and finishing with 21 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks. As a senior this year, he started 13 of 14 games and had 29 tackles, five tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Hendrix will join linebacker Elijah Zeise at the Tropical Bowl on Jan. 13. Running backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison and offensive lineman Alex Bookser are scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19. Fullback George Aston has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19.
In its fourth season, the Tropical Bowl is the youngest of the postseason college all-star games. It will be played in Daytona Stadium, home to the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.