Texas vs. the Nation announces initial list of players for 2010 game

El Paso, Texas– The Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge is proud to announce the first 25 players confirmed to the roster for the February 6, 2010 4th annual game in El Paso, Texas. As our new title sponsor, these 25 players are being released in conjunction with the Hall of Fame’s 25 potential 2010 inductees. To find a list of the 25 candidates for Hall of Fame induction, please visit www.profootballhof.com.

The initial 25 players are:

QB Tim Hiller, Western Michigan RB Andre Dixon, Connecticut RB Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI) RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois FB Cory Jackson, Maryland WR Taylor Price, Ohio WR Jared Perry, Missouri WR Juamorris Stewart, Southern WR Stephen Williams, Toledo TE Gerald Harris, Mississippi OG Brandon Carter, Texas Tech OT Marlon Winn, Texas Tech OT Selvish Capers, West Virginia OT Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale (MI) DE Jammie Kirlew, Indiana DE Hall Davis, UL-Lafayette DE Danny Batten, South Dakota State DE Austen Lane, Murray State DT Travis Ivey, Maryland LB Justin Cole, San Jose State LB Carl Ihenacho, San Jose State CB Patrick Stoudamire, Western Illinois CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) S Damon Cromartie-Smith, UTEP S Lucien Antoine, Oklahoma State University

Heading up the coaching staffs for this year’s game will be Howard Schnellenberger, head coach for the Nation, and Bill Bates, head coach for Texas. Schnellenberger has been part of four collegiate national championships including the 1983 Miami Hurricanes who won the school’s first national title ever defeating Nebraska in the 50th Orange Bowl.

Schnellenberger returns to the Sun Bowl to defend the title the Nation captured under his leadership beating out Team Texas 27-24.

After a collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, Bates signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1983 and went on to spend his entire 15 year NFL career in Dallas, winning three Super Bowls while with the Cowboys. Bates is making his second appearance on the coaching staff for Texas vs. the Nation after serving as an assistance coach for Gene Stallings in the 2009 outing.

For more information about the Texas vs. the Nation all-star challenge and to get information when other players accept invites please log on to www.texasvsthenation.com or follow us on twitter @TexasvsNation.

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