Nine Lions set for all-star games
UNIVERSITY PARK — Nine Penn State seniors will participate in a total of three postseason all-star games, beginning Saturday with the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Jason Cabinda, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, Grant Haley and DaeSean Hamilton will participate in the Shrine Game, which takes place St. Petersburg, Fla.
Troy Apke will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Additionally, Marcus Allen, Christian Campbell and Mike Gesicki will participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala.
Apke is the first in action when he plays on the National team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which airs live on FS1 Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Rose Bowl. All five Nittany Lions in the East-West Shrine Game will be on the East team, which airs live on the NFL Network Saturday at 3 p.m. from Tropicana Field.
The trio of Nittany Lions in the Reese’s Senior Bowl will be on the North team, which airs live on the NFL Network at 2:30 p.m. from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The nine all-star participants are the most for the Nittany Lions since 2003, when nine student-athlete were in post-season games (five in the Senior Bowl and four in the Blue-Gray Game).
The five East-West Shrine Game participants are the most for the Nittany Lions since 1955 when Don Bailey, Jim Garrity, Otto Kneidinger, Lenny Moore and Frank Reich participated.