Former student and tight end Conklin scores at Senior Bowl

Senior tight end Tyler Conklin poses for a portrait on Oct. 11 at the Indoor Athletic Center.

Former Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin scored a 16-yard touchdown in the third quarter on a pass from Josh Allen, the quarterback who beat his team in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. 

In the Senior Bowl on Jan. 27, the South team earned a 45-16 win over the North behind three touchdown passes from Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta. 

Wyoming’s Allen faked an end-around handoff and connected with Conklin, who made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The 16-yard score put the South within eight points. 

Conklin finished the game with two receptions for 20 yards. 

CMU’s rival, Western Michigan, had two players in the Senior Bowl. Defensive back and kick returner Darius Phillips did not play due to a sprained ankle in practice, while Chukwuma Okorafor was on the offensive line for the North. 

While at practice at the senior bowl, Conklin reportedly had unofficial meetings with multiple NFL teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Currently, Conklin is projected to be a mid-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, from rounds three to six.