SJU's Bartch to play in 2020 Senior Bowl

Bartch has started 21 consecutive games at left tackle for the nationally-ranked Johnnies.
Bartch has started 21 consecutive games at left tackle for the nationally-ranked Johnnies.

Saint John's University Sports Information Department

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John's University senior offensive tackle Ben Bartch (Dayton, Ore./Blanchet Catholic) has accepted an invitation to play in the 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network, as will the practices on Tuesday through Thursday (Jan. 21-23). The Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 22-23) practice will also be covered live on ESPNU. The NFL Network will produce hour-long recap shows each evening.

The Reese's Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South.

The teams are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.

Only college seniors and fourth-year junior graduates are eligible for the game. Fourth-year junior graduates must have graduated by the December prior to the game to be eligible.

Bartch will be in New Orleans the following weekend as a member of the 22-man, 2019 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. He will participate in a special community service project ahead of the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the entire team will also be recognized on the field at halftime on New Year's Day.

A 2018 All-MIAC second-team selection, Bartch has started each of the Johnnies' last 21 games at left tackle over the past two seasons. He played tight end his first two years as a Johnnie and caught four passes for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) and a touchdown in eight games in 2017. He switched to offensive tackle during the 2018 offseason and started on the left side immediately. His athleticism and size (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) have attracted scouts from all 32 NFL teams this fall.

Wide receiver Blake Elliott '03 was the last Johnnie football student-athlete to participate in a prestigious all-star game alongside Division I prospects. He played in the 2004 Hula Bowl, with former head coach John Gagliardi serving as an assistant to head coach Jim Tressel of Ohio State, following his record-breaking 2003 season.

No. 8/12 SJU (7-1, 6-1 MIAC) closes its conference schedule against Hamline (1-7, 0-6 MIAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in St. Paul. The Johnnies can clinch a share of its MIAC-record 34th conference championship, and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs, with a win.

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