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Friday, June 19, 2009
ISU's Capello set for TV showcase in Big 33 game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Heralded incoming Iowa State freshman quarterback James Capello will have a chance to show his talents to a wide television audience Saturday night when he appears for the Pennsylvania team in the annual PNC Big 33 Football Classic.

The annual game will pit the best graduating high-school talent from Pennsylvania against those players from Ohio in a game from Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.

Capello was attracted to Iowa State from Lebanon, Pa., by Paul Rhoads, who was Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator for several years. He helped convince Capello to accept the Cyclones' offer over those from Bowling Green and Central Michigan, among others.

It will be interesting to see Capello, who was ranked as the top high school quarterback in the state of Pennsylvania last year after a strong career at Lebanon High School. He was the Pennsylvania class 3A player of the year and a first-team all-state selection as a senior. Capello passed for 2,963 yards and 31 touchdowns and also rushed for 770 yards and nine touchdowns as he led his team to a 7-5 record and the first playoff berth in school history.    

With Austen Arnaud and Jerome Tiller in front of him, Capello likely will redshirt this season with the Cyclones. But it still will be interesting to see him perform against an Ohio roster that is stocked with future Big Ten players.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live by the NFL Network.