Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tracking ND players in all-star games
By Matt Fortuna
Three college all-star games take place this Saturday, making it the most popular day among postseason exhibitions. A number of former Notre Dame players will be taking the gridiron one final time before embarking on their next careers, so let's take a look at this weekend's participants, along with all of those with one more pre-professional game left in their tanks. (Joe Tessitore is on the call for the NFLPA bowl, so you know that will be a fun one.)
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Los Angeles, Home Depot Center (6 ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN)
Jordan Cowart, longsnapper (American team): Scouts Inc. position rank: 2, Scouts grade: 30
Dayne Crist, quarterback (National team): Position rank: 24, Scouts grade: 30. Crist, who played his fifth and final year with former Irish coach Charlie Weis at Kansas, also participated in the Jan. 12 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., completing 6 of 12 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in the West team's 40-7 win over the East.
Raycom College All-Star Classic, Montgomery, Ala., Cramton Bowl (3 ET, CBS Sports Network)
Mike Golic Jr., right guard (Stars team): Position rank: 17 (Scouts Inc. lists him as a center), Scouts grade: 30
Robby Toma, wide receiver (Stars team): Position rank: 78, Scouts grade: 30
*The game's official website has an article on the Irish duo here.
East-West Shrine Game, St. Petersburg, Fla., Tropicana Field (4 ET, NFL Network)
Zeke Motta, safety (West team): Position rank: 40, Scouts grade: 30
Theo Riddick, running back (not on official roster, though Notre Dame and others have announced he will participate): Position rank: 19 (Scouts Inc. lists him as a receiver), Scouts grade: 66
Senior Bowl, Mobile, Ala., Ladd-Peebles Stadium (4 ET, NFL Network)