Husky Grid Standouts Extend Season
Jan. 14, 2008
SEATTLE - Former University of Washington football standouts Louis Rankin and Marcel Reece have been invited to participate in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge, game officials confirmed today.
The game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Pacific) and the game will be televised live by CSTV.
The Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge will pit top collegiate players originally from Texas or who play college football in Texas against top players from around the nation. The game features a number of related events throughout the week including a 'Legends of the Game' golf tournament and dinner headlined by Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer Randy White.
The coaching staff for the national team will be headed up by former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan and a full NFL coaching staff. Former Alabama and Texas A&M head football coach Gene Stallings will lead Team Texas.
Last season Rankin, a native of Stockton, Calif., became the first Washington rusher to surpass 1,000 yards in a single season since Rashaan Sheehee in 1997. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and was voted by teammas as the Huskies' most valuable players and a team captain. His 1,294 yards was the fifth-best single season in school history.
Reece, a native of Hesperia, Calif., started all 13 games last season and won team's KING-TV Most Improved Award. He caught 39 passes for 761 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 98-yard pass from quarterback Jake Locker - the longest play from scrimmage in UW history.