NFL Players Association Game Finalizes Rosters

Latest additions to Team Texas and Team Nation rosters feature players off best college teams in the country facing off at the Alamodome on February 5th.

(San Antonio, Texas)-The first NFL Players Association Game in San Antonio’s Alamodome will feature 27 names off the rosters of the Top 25 college football teams in the nation according to the final BCS rankings.  With the rosters now complete, there are eight players from teams that finished in the top ten and six from the five highest ranked teams in the country including all-purpose running back Mario Fannin, a member of 2010 Heisman Trophy quarterback Cameron Newton’s offensive backfield from the national champion Auburn Tigers.

Team Texas picked up two off the BCS third ranked TCU Horned Frogs led by defensive end Wayne Daniels who helped TCU to an undefeated season and a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.  Daniels had 39 total tackles, 14 for losses and six and one half sacks for the Frogs in their historic undefeated season.  TCU also contributes center Jake Kirkpatrick to the Team Texas roster.  Two players from the Valero Alamo Bowl Champion Oklahoma State Cowboys have committed including Ugo Chinasa from Richardson, Texas who appeared on the 2010 pre-season Rotary Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy watch lists and contributed 38 tackles, four sacks and an interception at defensive end joined by Cowboy cornerback Andrew McGee. 

Team Nation announced its entire roster, which features several defensive standouts including outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger from the BCS second ranked Oregon Ducks and fourth ranked Stanford’s Richard Sherman at defensive back.  Jerry Glanville’s Nation team will also feature Maryland’s Adrian Moten who is considered one of the most versatile linebackers around and proved it this year with 77 total tackles, six for loss, two and one half sacks, four interceptions, six break-ups and 10 passes defended.  BCS sixth ranked Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence also adds strength to the Team Nation defense.

At quarterback, Team Nation has confirmed the commitment of North Carolina’s TJ Yates who completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,418 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Tarheels and finished a fine career after turning down several basketball scholarships out of high school.  Yates finished with 9,377 yards passing and 58 touchdowns.  At running back, Chad Spann from Northern Illinois adds his name to the Team Nation roster after his second consecutive thousand-yard rushing year for the Huskies.  He rushed for 1,388 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season and scored 41 TD’s combined between his junior and senior campaigns.  Against Minnesota this past season, Spann rushed for 223 yards, averaged 14.9 yards per carry and scored twice, one of the performances that helped propel him to Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Mid-American Conference.  

The NFL Players Association Game will also feature its second Ivy Leaguer to participate with the acceptance of Princeton long snapper Harry Flaherty.  Flaherty is the nephew of Dallas Cowboy’s head coach Jason Garrett who also played most of his college career at Princeton and was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1988.

“Out of the five rosters we’ve put together, this is probably our best top to bottom,” said John Murphy Player Personnel Director of the NFL Players Association Game.  “At this point, it looks like this is the highest number of players we’ve ever had on our roster that will receive invitations to the NFL Combine in late February.”

“We’re excited about the way the talent has shaped up,” added Kenny Hansmire, CEO of Overtime Sports Southwest, LLC, which is bringing the game to San Antonio for the first time.  “San Antonio will be looking at players who have not only had stellar collegiate careers but are very likely to be playing on Sundays in the future.”

Former Houston Oiler and Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville will coach Team Nation against former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates for Team Texas.  UTSA head football coach Larry Coker will assist Bates with Team Texas.  The NFL Players Association Game will feature NFL draft-eligible senior college football players with connections to the State of Texas in an all-star game against players from all other states. Over 400 players who have played in the NFL Players Association Game have gone on to sign NFL contracts over the game’s four-year history.  The 2011 event will be the first time the game has been played in San Antonio after spending its first four years in El Paso, Texas.  Kickoff is at 1:00 pm CST on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.  Tickets are on sale now at the Alamdome box office for as low as $10.  A lower level $25 ticket is also offered which includes a hot dog and soft drink.  Club level $25 ticket does not include concession items. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com.   For more information, refer to www.nflpagame.com.


Nation:
QB Enderle, Nathan – Idaho
QB Yates, TJ – North Carolina
QB Van Camp, Jeff – Florida Atlantic
RB Spann, Chad – Northern Illinois
RB Berry, Damien – Miami
RB Draughn, Shaun – UNC
FB Chapas, Shaun – Georgia
FB/RB Payne, Keith – Virginia
WR Newsome, Jamar – Central Florida
WR Holmes, Andre – Hillsdale
WR Johnson-Koulianos, Derrell – Iowa
WR Morgan, Joe – Walsh
WR Durham, Kris – Georgia
WR Spencer, Owen – North Carolina State
TE Smith, Andre – Virginia Tech
TE Hardy, Daniel – Idaho
TE Oordt, Schuylar – Northern Iowa
OT Young, DJ – Michigan State
OL Kilgore, Daniel – Appalachian State
OL Smith, Willie – East Carolina
OL King, Jarriel – South Carolina
OL Davis, Josh – Georgia
OL Porter, Curt – Jacksonville State
OC/OG Thorson, Brad – Kansas
OG Johnson, Carl – Florida
OL Hendrickson, Pete – Tulane
OL Taylor, Zane – Utah
DE Marshall, Craig – USF
DE/DT Levingston, Lazarius – LSU
DE White, Markus – Florida State
DE Nurse, Clay – Illinois
DT Kearse, Frank – Alabama A & M
DT Graves, John – Virginia Tech
DT Ajiboye, Ladi – South Carolina
DT Ellis, Kenrick – Hampton I
LB Smith, DJ – Appalachian State
ILB Harvey, Mario – Marshall
OLB DE Addison, Mario – Troy
OLB Moten, Adrian – Maryland
OLB Thomas, JT – West Virginia
OLB Hunter, Jeremiha – Iowa
OLB/DE Gee, Mike – Indiana PA/Virginia Tech
CB Maxwell, Byron – Clemson
CB Cuff, Vance – Georgia
CB Brinkley, Niles – Wisconsin
CB Torrence, Devon – Ohio State
CB Gaitor, Anthony – Florida International
S Legree, Mark – Appalachian State
S Rolle, Maurice – University of Louisiana – Lafayette
DB Walters, Anthony – Delaware
DB Abdul-El Quddus, Isa – Fordham
P/K Bosher, Matt – Miami (FL)
K Rogers, Jacob – Cincinnati
KR/WR/RB Saunders, Jock – West Virginia
LS Adams, Corey – Kansas State
 
Texas:
QB Potts, Taylor – Texas Tech
QB Portis, Josh – California PA/Maryland
QB Colburn, Ryan – Fresno State
RB Asiata, Matt – Utah
RB Fannin, Mario-Auburn
RB Finley, Jay – Baylor
FB/RB Hughes, Robert – Notre Dame
FB Bartlett, Justin – Carroll – MT.
WR Burton, Stephen -West Texas A&M
WR Lockett, Ricardo – Fort Valley State
WR Adams, Kris – UTEP
WR Moore, Denarius – Tennessee
WR Matthews, Chris – Kentucky
WR Harris, Marcus – Murray State
WR/KR/PR Ross, Jeremy – California
TE Housler, Robert – Florida Atlantic University
TE Graham, Cameron – Louisville
TE Skelton, Stephen – Fordham
OT Newton, Derek – Arkansas State
OG Stewart, Chris – Notre Dame
OL Turner, Trevis-Abilene Christian
OL Person, Mike-Montana State
OG Thompson, Isaiah-Houston
OL Hughes, Kevin-SE Louisiana
OC Barnes, Tim-Missouri
OL Dominguez, Ray – Arkansas
OC Kirkpatrick, Jake – TCU
OL Bell, Byron- New Mexico
DE Chinasa, Ugo – Oklahoma State
DE Jones, Eddie – Texas
DE Anthony, Christian – Gambling State
DE/OLB Daniels, Wayne – TCU
DT Whitlock, Colby – Texas Tech
DT Bryant, Corbin – Northwestern
DT Patterson, Lucas – Texas A & M
DT Lumpkin, Ricky – Kentucky
OLB Williams, Jabara – Stephen F. Austin
OLB Davie, Quentin – Northwestern
OLB/ DE Lattimore, Jamari- Middle Tennessee State
OLB Paysinger, Spencer – Oregon
ILB Duncan, Brian – Texas Tech
ILB Baptiste, Tressor – Texas A&M Kingsville/Hofstra
CB Jones, Ryan – Northwest Missouri State
CB McGee, Andrew – Oklahoma State
CB Rutland, Kevin – Missouri
CB Skrine, Buster – UT Chattanooga
CB Hagan, Darian – California
S Gomes, DeJon – Nebraska
S Hagg, Eric – Nebraska
DB Gatlin, Josh – North Dakota State
DB Sherman, Richard – Stanford
P Epperson, Derek – Baylor
K Weber, Thomas – Arizona State
KR/CB Rembert, Reggie – Air Force
LS Flaherty, Harry – Princeton

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