Jan. 11, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - With the conclusion of college football bowl season, it is now time for the college all-star games to begin. Two Wyoming seniors will be playing in college all-star games in January. Offensive tackle Kyle Magnuson is playing in the Second Annual Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 11. Cowboy defensive tackle Mike Purcell is playing in the National Football Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Carson, Calif.
Magnuson will play on the West Team. Magnuson started 11 of 12 games at right tackle for the Cowboys his senior season. The native of Elkhart, Ind., started 14 of 25 career games as a Cowboy. The West Team will be coached by former University of Hawai'i, University of Arizona and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey. The East Team will be coached by former University of Utah head coach Ron McBride.
The Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., Mountain Time from Kino Stadium in Tucson. The game will be carried live online through ESPN3 at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets through the WatchESPN app.
Following 2012's inaugural Casino Del Sol College All-Star game, six of the game's participants were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft and 61 additional players were invited to NFL training camps as free agents.
Purcell, who earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2012, will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19 from the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Purcell led all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles this season, averaging 6.9 tackles per game. He also ranked 15th overall in the Mountain West in tackles for all players at all positions. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native started 36 of 42 career games at Wyoming, including all 12 in 2012. As a senior, he was credited with 83 total tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
Former NFL head coaches Herman Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as head coaches for the game. Edwards will coach the American Team and Vermeil will coach the National Team.
Some of the other featured players who have committed to play in this year's NLFPA Collegiate Bowl are: wide receiver Marquise Goodwin of Texas; running back Robbie Rouse of Fresno State; and quarterback Jordan Rodgers of Vanderbilt, the younger brother of Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Players will be assigned to teams once they arrive for practices next week.
The game will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m., Mountain Time on Saturday, Jan. 19. ESPN's Joe Tessitore will describe the play-by-play action. He will be joined by color analysts Todd McShay, of ESPN, and Bill Polian, former General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts.
There will also be two practices from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that will be televised live on ESPNU and online at WatchESPN. The two televised practices will be on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time.