FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers played his final game as a Razorback during the 31-7 win against Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers played his final game as a Razorback during the 31-7 win against Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.


He still has one more chance to put on his Arkansas helmet, though.


Flowers and linebacker Martrell Spaight will take their first significant step toward the 2014 NFL Draft when they participate in Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala. The duo accepted invitations to participate in one of pro football’s premiere pre-draft events and begin the high-profile interview process with NFL representatives.


A third Razorback — tight end A.J. Derby — also received a Senior Bowl invitation, but will not be able to participate as he continues to recover from his late-season knee injury. Neil Cornich, who is representing Derby, said his client is nearly 100 percent and will be ready for the NFL Scouting Combine.


Flowers and Spaight are scheduled to report to Mobile today and practices start Tuesday. The Senior Bowl will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The NFL Network will televise the game.


"I’m looking forward to it a lot," Flowers said in a phone interview Friday. "To be able to get down there and showcase my skills and show how I practice and compete against the top talent amongst seniors, I’m very excited about it."


It’s an opportunity Flowers has waited for since his decision to return to Arkansas for his senior season last winter. It worked well for the Razorbacks and the Montgomery, Ala., native, who was one of the leaders of a defense that completed a transformation under first-year coordinator Robb Smith.


Flowers led the Razorbacks in tackles for losses (15 1/2) and sacks (6). He also finished third on the team 68 tackles as part of a defense that finished 10th in the nation in both points (19.2) and yards (323.4) allowed.


Flowers was one the key seniors who led the way, joining linebacker Martrell Spaight (128 tackles) and safety Alan Turner (65). The defensive performance played a big role in helping the Hogs reach a bowl for the first time since 2011.


"It just amazes me how much a lot of guys just really bought in," Flowers said. "We had a new defensive coordinator and from day one he stepped in our meeting rooms and continued to preach about attitude and physicality. … Getting a lot of guys buy into that very quickly, that’s not very common. Especially for a group of seniors that have been through four different (defensive) coordinators. It would’ve been easy for guys to be like, it’s just another guy and I’m going to think about me, me, me."


Flowers enters Senior Bowl week projected as a second- or third-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. Spaight, meanwhile, is projected as a fifth-round pick, although his stock has risen because of an impressive senior season.


Both are hoping to make an impression with the South squad this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars staff will coach both throughout the Senior Bowl. It’s the second straight season the Jaguars — who drafted four players who participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl — will coach the South.


"Our staff really enjoyed the time we had last year in Mobile," Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley said in a Senior Bowl news release. "It’s a great opportunity to get to know the players on a personal level and watch them compete on and off the field for an entire week. It proved to be a valuable asset in our pre-draft process last year."


Former Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith was one of the Senior Bowl players selected by the Jaguars last year. He worked with Jacksonville’s staff throughout the week and was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.


So Flowers said Smith made it clear that practice performance is key this week.


"A lot of scouts leave prior to the game so they might not even see you play the game," Flowers said. "But they like to see your practice habits, if you give effort, how durable you are. Everybody starts off at a good pace and all the excitement, but as the practice goes on do you remain focused throughout the practice? Or do you fatigue and fall off? So I think the practices are going to be very valuable."


Flowers and Spaight are among a handful of former Razorbacks playing in college all-star games this month. Four Hogs — wide receiver Demetrius Wilson, cornerback Tevin Mitchel, and offensive linemen Brey Cook and Cameron Jefferson — played in the Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 10. Linebacker Braylon Mitchell played in the NFLPA All-Star Game in Carson, Calif., on Saturday.


Now it’s time for the two most productive players from Arkansas’ 2014 defense to try to make an impression in Mobile. Flowers said he’s glad to have Spaight there with him as they represent the Razorbacks on the field one more time.


"I’m not a very friendly guy who sparks up conversations, so it would be hard for me to get to know other people," Flowers said. "But to have somebody down there that you know you’ve been through a football season with … It will be fun just to be able to be out there with one of your fellow teammates you went through the grind with."