Jan. 8, 2013
Rice seniors Luke Willson and Sam McGuffie are among 100 NFL prospects looking to improve their NFL draft prospects by playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. ET from The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Willson and McGuffie wrapped their Rice careers by leading the Owls to a 33-14 win over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on December 29. Willson played in his 45th career game against the Falcons. Despite a pair of nagging injuries, Willson played in 11 of 13 games and caught nine passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
McGuffie became the first Owl to top 1,000 career yards in both rushing and receiving with five catches for 80 yards in the bowl game. In his first season as a wide receiver, McGuffie finished second on the team with 54 catches and a team-leading five touchdown receptions. With his five receptions in the bowl game, he moved into 10th on the Rice career list with 102 catches, one more than former NFL star Earl Cooper.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and be available via WatchESPN. The NFL prospects will be placed into two NFLPA Collegiate Bowl teams. ESPN analyst and former NFL player/coach Herm Edwards will coach the American Team, while Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil will coach the National Team. ESPNU will provide four hours of live coverage of the Collegiate Bowl practices on Thursday, Jan. 17.
For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participating draft-eligible seniors 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.