Detailed preview of players to watch at the N.F.L.P.A. All-Star Game

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    It is no secret that coach Jones likes to air the ball out, and he will have a couple of talented quarterbacks at his disposal, making the Nation's offense a legitimate down-field threat. The most notable signal caller of the bunch is T.J. Yates, who threw for 3,418 yards and 19 touchdowns for North Carolina this year. Yates has a big arm and can get the ball down the field with accuracy, but he is not the only gunslinger who can perform at a high level, because Idaho's Nathan Enderle is also on the roster. Enderle threw for 3,314 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2010, and should also have a nice showing in this matchup.

    Hauling in passes from Yates, Enderle and Florida Atlantic's Jeff Van Camp will be the likes of Georgia's Kris Durham and Andre Holmes, who is from a smaller school at Hillside. Obviously A.J. Green's shadow looms large in Athens and gets most of the attention from media and opposing defenses, but Durham played a large role in Georgia's offense this year as well. Durham only found the end zone three times, but he can stretch the field as evidenced by the fact that he averaged 20.6 yards per catch. As for Holmes, he spent all of his college career in obscurity at Hillside, but now the 6-5 senior has a chance to prove his worth on a national stage. Holmes is a complete receiver, and this past year the wideout set school records with 104 receptions and 1,368 yards. Holmes also hauled in 11 touchdown passes, showing he can be a dangerous commodity in the red zone.

    The defensive line for the Nation does not possess any overpowering guys, but there is a strong group of players who will feed off each other and make key plays throughout this contest. Clay Nurse (Illinois) and Craig Marshall (South Florida) are two guys who should see plenty of time on the field, while Ladi Ajiboye (South Carolina) and John Graves (Virginia Tech), performed against quality competition almost ever week, so the level of play in this game should fit their fierce personalities well.

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