Jan. 10, 2013
The NFL Players Association announced on Thursday that senior offensive lineman Darius Barnes has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Memphis, Tenn. offensive lineman joins a roster of talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Thursday, January 17.
Barnes started at both right guard and right tackle during 2012 season for the Golden Eagles. Appearing in 13 games during the 2011 season, he registered 89 knockdown blocks with a season-high of 16 against the Navy. He tallied a combination of 54 pancake and knockdown blocks with the Golden Eagles in 2010. He was rated as the ninth-best high school defensive end in Tennessee by Scout.com and played in the Auto Zone liberty Bowl All-Star game.
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For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union - the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game's future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
Tickets are on sale now: http://collegiate.nflpa.com/.
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