Navy tells Kettani he is not allowed to attend combine

Fullback Eric Kettani, only the second Navy player to be invited to the Senior Bowl, will not be attending next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In a ruling made Friday by Navy superintendent Vice Admiral Jeff Fowler, Kettani will not be allowed to attend the annual six-day event in which top NFL prospects have a chance to improve their standing among their peers.

Kettani is committed to the Navy for five years after his graduation this spring.

“We respect the decision of the U.S. Navy,” Chad Wiestling, Kettani’s agent, told the Baltimore Sun. “I know Eric is very disappointed in the decision. What the combine basically is, it’s a job interview. My take on it is that the Navy is denying him an opportunity to interview for a post-military career, whether right or wrong.”

Kettani rushed for 982 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season. He finished his Navy career with 2,091 yards (5.3 per attempt) and 15 touchdowns.

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