DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire senior football player Jared Smith (Greencastle, Pa.) has accepted an invitation to play in the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The showcase event pits collegiate all-stars with ties to the Lone Star State against top seniors from around the country. Opening kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (EST), and the game will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Smith, a 6-foot-3, 292-pound defensive tackle who is ranked on most NFL Draft boards, earned a berth on the The Sports Network All-America Third Team, the Beyond Sports Network All-America Third Team, the All-CAA First Team, the College Sports Madness All-CAA First Team and the All-New England Team this past season. The DT started 11 games and compiled 40 tackles, 26 solo, with a team-leading 10 tackles for loss (0.91 per game), which ranked fifth in the CAA. The Greencastle, Pa., native tied for the team lead with four sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, collected four pass breakups and tallied a team-high three blocked kicks.
The Texas vs the Nation All-Star Game, established in 2006, consists of approximately 54 draft-eligible players representing Division I, II and III football teams from across the nation. From the previous five games, over 100 players have been selected in the NFL Draft and more than 500 players have signed with NFL teams. Each year, the NFL, CFL and other professional football leagues send more than 200 scouts, front office personnel, senior executives and coaches to evaluate the talent.
No. 13/13 UNH qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the ninth straight season –the longest active FCS streak- before losing its second-round game, 23-7, at No. 9 Wofford on Dec. 1. The Wildcats, co-champions of the CAA, concluded their season with an 8-4 record.
For more information about the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com. For more information on the Texas vs the Nation All-Star Game, visit www.texasvsthenation.com.