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new star game on table

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    New star game on table… After this weekend’s very successful Texas versus the Nation college football all-star game in El Paso, organizers are reportedly considering adding a Florida versus the nation game next year. If it were to become a reality, the Florida game would be played early in January to lead off the al-star game schedule according to Texas versus The Nation CEO Kenny Hansmire as reported in the El Paso Times. And the Florida game has at least one major booster in Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger who led the Nation team to a 27-24 win over Texas in this year’s game on Saturday. There certainly would appear to be room on the all-star calendar for a game early in January as there were just three major-level all-star games this year including the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine, and Texas-Nation contests.
    February 1
    (12:01 AM): Nation nips Texas in last star tilt... Florida Atlantic LB Frantz Joseph returned an interception 26 yards and a fumble 32 yards to set up scores as the Nation team defeated Texas 27-24 in the final all-star game of the year in El Paso Saturday afternoon. Playing in front of a record crowd of over 37,000, the Nation team got TD passes from each of QBs Curtis Painter of Purdue, Drew Wiley of Buffalo and Jason Boltus of Hartwick, while David Johnson of Tulsa threw for two TDs for Texas and Chase Holbrook of New Mexico State connected for another.
    Jags thinking OL… Normally at this time of the year, NFL GMs, and especially ones new to the job, are about as circumspect as they can be when talking about their team’s plans for the upcoming draft. Newly appointed Jacksonville General Manager Gene Smith, though, gave some pretty sweeping hints that his first priority will be the offensive line this coming April when speaking at his first news conference since taking over the job back on January 12th. Smith was quoted as saying "the first thing we have to fix is protecting the quarterback, and I think you do that by fortifying your offensive line, so you can run the ball better." Of course, it helps that the 2009 draft appears to be loaded at OT with as many as four players at the position likely to be graded among the top ten prospects. Smith also said that he plans to emphasize character and building through the draft, rather than plunging into free agency. Smith also said, though, that he wouldn’t force a pick at any position, but will take the best available player
     

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