Tulsa Football Players Invited to Senior All-Star Games
Jan. 9, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa seniors G.J. Kinne and Tyler Holmes have been invited to play in next week's Casino Del Sol All-Star Game. The game is Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 and will kickoff at 6:00 pm (PT)/4:00 pm (CT) at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.
Coaches for the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game includes former Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt and former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill.
Kinne will also play in the first annual NFLPA AstroTurf Collegiate Bowl presented by the NFLPA, to be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2012. The game will kick off at 3:00 pm(PT)/5:00 pm (CT) and aired on NBC Sports Network.
The Tulsa duo helped the Golden Hurricane post eight wins this year and an appearance in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, while in the last two seasons had an 18-8 record and two Bowl appearances.
Kinne, a 6-2, 224-pound quarterback, completed 63-percent of his passes for 3,090 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, as well as rushing for 405 yards and three TDs. He had five 300+ yard passing games in 2011 and 14 for his career. In three years, Kinne threw for 9,472 yards and 81 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,359 yards and 15 TDs in posting a 23-15 record as the starting quarterback for the Hurricane. He became the first player in school history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards.
Holmes started 46 career games at left tackle for the Hurricane in his career, missing just six games as a sophomore in 2009 due to an injury. He earned Conference USA honorable mention all-league honors as a junior and senior, while grading over 80-percent in all 13 games this past season.
The NFL Players Union will stage the first-ever AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center on Jan. 21. The game is open to all draft-eligible players and serves as the culmination of a week of practices and events in Los Angeles when current and former NFL players will work with top NFL draft prospects on what will be expected of them on and off the field in the league.
The game is expected to draw 100 of the country's top NFL draft prospects, who will be split into two teams coached by Dick Vermeil and Tom Flores. It will be the first time Vermeil and Flores have faced each other in a game since Super Bowl XV, when Flores' Oakland Raiders beat Vermeil's Philadelphia Eagles 27-10. The NFLPA game is open to underclassmen who have entered their name into the draft.
The Home Depot Center seats 27,000 fans and is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.
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