ATHENS, Ohio -- Redshirt senior offensive linemen Joe Anderson (Torrance, Calif.) and Joe Lowery (Tallmadge, Ohio) of the Ohio football team have been selected to compete in the eighth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held on Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and will be televised on FS1.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective professional players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
Anderson and Lowery will play for the American Team, which is led by Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
Anderson, who is a communication studies major, and Lowery, who is a health services administration major, were both named to the 2018 All-Mid-American Conference First Team after being named to the 2017 All-MAC Second Team. The duo gave Ohio two All-MAC First Team offensive linemen in the same season for the first time since 1968. Lowery was also named the 2018 MAC Player of the Year and garnered All-American Second Team Offense selection by Pro Football Focus. According to Pro Football Focus, Lowery was third-highest graded offensive tackle across the entire nation. He allowed just nine total QB pressures on 334 snaps in pass protection. He also led the nation's tackles with his 85.3 run-blocking grade.
Anderson and Lowery helped pave the way for a prolific Ohio offense that ranked 12th in the nation with a conference-high and program-record 521 points scored and 40.1 points per game. The Bobcats posted a conference-high 6,068 yards of total offense (second-most in program history) to rank 15th in the nation, with Ohio's 466.8 total yards per game leading the MAC and setting a program record.
The Ohio rushing attack ranked fifth in the nation with a conference-high 6.03 yards per rush (highest average in program history), ninth in the nation with a conference-high 258.3 rushing yards per game (sixth-highest average in program history) and 11th in the nation with a conference-high 3,358 rushing yards (third-most in program history). The Bobcats tallied the seventh-most rushing touchdowns in the country with a conference-high 40 rushing touchdowns (tied for the second-most in program history). Ohio recorded over 200 rushing yards nine times in 2018, over 300 five times and over 400 twice -- including a season-high 437 (fourth-most in program history) in a 52-17 rout of eventual MAC East Division champion Buffalo on Nov. 14 at Peden Stadium in Athens.
Anderson and Lowery helped Ohio tie for second in the conference in sacks against with just 20 and lead the conference in first downs (318; 24.5 per game), third-down conversions (48.7 percent conversion rate) and rank second in time of possession (33:36).
Anderson and Lowery have played alongside each other on the Ohio offensive line since the 2016 season, helping to lead the Bobcats to 26 wins, a MAC East Division title in '16, three bowl appearances and back-to-back bowl wins in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl during that span. The duo capped off their collegiate careers by helping the Bobcats go 9-4 (6-2 MAC) in 2018, culminating in a 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19 in Frisco, Texas.