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College Football All-Star Challenge

MIAMI – FIU will be the host of the 12th annual Mercedes Benz College Football All-Star Challenge taped on location at FIU football stadium on Monday, February 1 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. This prestigious event has featured NFL stars such as Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, Matt Ryan, Reggie Wayne, DeAngelo Williams, Edgerrin James and scores of others. The event will be aired by ESPN on February 5 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. as part of its Super Bowl XLIV coverage in Miami.

“Part of the vision when we built this stadium was to have events such as this,” said FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia. “We’ve always said FIU stadium is a multi-purpose stadium and we look forward to having more events like this in the near future.”

Nationally televised by ESPN, the skills and drills competition will feature 12 of the finest college football players in the country and future NFL superstars. Confirmed to participate are quarterbacks Tony Pike from Cincinnati, Dan Lefevour from Central Michigan, wide receivers Jordan Shipley from Texas, Mardy Gilyard from Cincinnati, Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State as well as kickers Brett Swensen from Michigan State and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Hunter Lawrence from Texas and Josh Shene from Mississippi.

“Intersport again is excited to be teaming up with ESPN and our new title sponsor Mercedes Benz for the 12th annual Mercedes Benz College Football All-Star Challenge,” said Intersport Inc. Senior Account Executive Joseph Salituro. “We expect to have the best of the best that college football has to offer and look forward to giving the fans an exciting day of football.”

ESPN announcers Todd McShay, Craig James and former Heisman trophy winner and South Florida resident Desmond Howard will be on hand to call all of the action. Gate 4 and concessions will open at noon and the event is free and open to the public.


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John Doe

Its a shame that FIU is holding an allstar game and FIU's coach didn't put up one player for any all star game.......building great tridition and a great program there.....not, that place is a bad joke!!!!


Funny how you seem to be soo ignorant, funny how no Florida players are mentioned in the about ad. Its a shame FIU didn't have a player in this event, it would have been great, but did any school in Florida get mentioned above?


Current College players that is. I know whos going to reply, people that live in the past and have trouble accepting the new future.

John Doe

Still how many players since Cristobal got there have been in anytype of all star event, or have been invited to the combine, there has been talented enough players! But they want to hold an allstar event. Give me a break. FIU's slogan new game, new stadium, new attitude....its should add a new one NEW COACH.

FIU Flordia's bad joke!!

John Doe

If by the past you mean UM well no iam not a UM fan, or alumi or any of that. If FIU has any chance of having a future they need to spend some money on a decent adminstration and coaching staff and quit spending money on all these fancy new facilities.

It's not about what you have, its about the work that you do that builds a great program.


John Doe... none of the players that could qualify for the combine or any of these events for the past couple years were recruited by Cristobal... These players were there when he got here.

Also, how many players from the Sun Belt to you see at the combine or any of these events?


How many players from the U were at the combine last year? Don't worry, I'll wait...

John Doe

Players that got invited to either an all-star event or the combine theses 5 that I know of. How many the U had, no idea they prob. had a couple invites though.

So because he didn't recruit the players he inherited he's not going to do anything to help them succeed. Thats why that programs won 9 games in three year, and has only beaten 1 team with a .500 record. THEY DON'T DEVELOP THE PLAYERS THEY HAVE.

John Doe

example for the above, Nick Saban took over Alabama and developed the players from the previous coaching staff, and the players he recruited. Result winning seasons and now a national championship.

ncaa observer

Good for FIU, that program is going to grow quickly.

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