MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Alabama, which means he's turning down an earlier invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Tripp is just the second player in school history to be invited to the Senior Bowl, which is played in front of representatives of nearly every NFL team. The teams are coached by NFL staffs.

Montana's co-offensive coordinator Scott Gragg played in the 1995 Senior Bowl. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL, where he started 151 games.

Tripp, a Missoula native, is living and working out in Oakland, Calif., to prepare for a potential NFL tryout.

Tripp said Tuesday he feels blessed to have the opportunity to play in the prestigious game.