Four Huskies players have committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: linebacker John Timu, offensive lineman Micah Hatchie, defensive end Andrew Hudson and cornerback Travell Dixon.
The game will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. ESPN2 will have the telecast.
Here's the news release:
The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that University of Washington’s defensive back Travell Dixon, offensive lineman Micah Hatchie, linebacker John Timu, and defensive end Andrew Hudson have committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Linebacker John Timu was a star for the Huskies defense, starting all thirteen regular season games and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as well as Academic All-Pac 12 honors. Affectionately referred to as “Pops” by his teammates, the Long Beach, California native has been a defensive leader since earning a starting role his freshman season. The 6-1, 246-pound Timu had two interceptions this season and returned both for touchdowns, one of which came in a 45-14 win against Georgia State, a game in which he also recorded 10 tackles.
Micah Hatchie, a 6-5, 306-pound lineman from Haleiwa, Hawai’i, was a crucial cog in the Huskies offense that averaged over 30 points per game. Since 2012, Hatchie has started every game for Washington at left tackle and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons. He also served as a team captain for two games and earned the team’s Lineman of the Game award for his performance against Hawaii.
Andrew Hudson, a Redlands, California native, started every game at defensive end and finished the regular season ranked seventh in the nation with 11.5 sacks. His play earned him honorable mention All-Pac-12. The three-time game captain was named UW lineman of the game against Oregon State as he recorded five tackles, two of them sacks, in the win over the Beavers. The 6-3, 246-pound Hudson tied for the team’s high with 71 total tackles on the season. He added a recovered fumble and three forced fumbles to his stats in his final Huskies campaign.
Travell Dixon was another contributor to the Huskies defense, earning playing time in 11 games this season with one crucial start. In an early season victory against Eastern Washington, the 6-1, 195-pound Miami native performed well with extensive playing time, blanketing opposing receivers and recording a tackle.
The players will be four of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game onSaturday, January 17 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15.
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For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Visit the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl site for a full list of the teams’ assistant coaches.