Monday, January 30, 2012

Garrett Celek to play new all-star game

Another Spartan will participate in a college all-star game.

Former MSU tight end Garrett Celek will be in the Players All-Star Classic this Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. Celek had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown this past season. He finished his career with 14 catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

If you haven't heard of this game before, it's because the game is new. According to the game's website:

"The Players All-Star Classic (TM) a new college football all-star game will be played at War Memorial Stadium at 4pm eastern, 3pm central on February 4th, 2012.  The roster will spilt in a North-South format and be made up of a collection of talented players from all levels of college football who are rated as prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Prospects from the roster of a similar game played last year currently boasts over 60 NFL players; the game has agreed to a multi-year deal with War Memorial Stadium. "

Notice the sly "prospects from the roster of a similar game" line? This game likely won't have many NFL draftees. According to the website, a television deal has been agreed upon and will be announced "next week," which I assume means this week. 

Celek will be trying to follow in his brother's footsteps. Brent Celek, who played for Mark Dantonio at Cincinnati, currently is a starting tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Garrett Celek originally committed to Dantonio at Cincinnati, but came to MSU when Dantonio did.

Other notable players in the game include Penn State receiver Derek Moye, Penn State defensive lineman Eric Latimore, Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk and former MSU defensive tackle Oren Wilson, who transferred to Akron following his involvement in the Rather Hall incident in 2009.

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