Michael Jones and Morris Wooten on roster for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge
Jan. 23, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Former Arizona State University student-athletes Michael Jones and Morris Wooten will play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge football game on Saturday, January 31 in El Paso, Texas.
The game matches top collegiate players originally from Texas or who play college football in Texas against top players from around the nation. The game was established in 2006 as part of the college football post-season. Seniors rated in the top 15 at their position by the NFL are eligible to play in the game.
Jones (Sugar Land, Texas), a wide receiver, and Wooten, a linebacker, will be on the Texas team and will be coached by Gene Stallings, who was the head football coach for Texas A&M University from 1965 to 1972. Stallings coached professional football for a total of 18 years. As head coach, he led Alabama to a national championship in 1992. Stallings was assistant coach to Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys for 14 years, head coach for the St. Louis Cardinals for two years and the Phoenix Cardinals for two years. Howard Schnellenberger is the head coach for The Nation squad.
Jones was recently named to the Second-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference squad. In 2008, he had a team-best 61 catches for 744 yards and four touchdowns. He also had two 100-yard receiving games. Wooten had 17 tackles against UCLA, the most in a single game by an ASU defender since 2003. While only playing in nine games, he was second on the team in tackles with 72.
The game is sponsored in part by Western Refining, an independent refinery based in El Paso, Texas. The game will be played at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. CBS College Sports network will broadcast the game at 1 p.m. MT.