Dec. 31, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Texas Longhorns senior running back/wide receiver D.J. Monroe will play in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced today.
He joins previous Longhorns commit Marquise Goodwin.
The Angleton, Texas star will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Thursday, January 17.
Monroe was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a kick returner and was named to the 2012 CFPA All-Purpose Trophy watch list. He ranks tied for sixth on the FBS active career kickoff return for a touchdown list with a school-record three, including a 100-yard return against Oklahoma State this season. Like Goodwin, Monroe is also a member of the Longhorns’ track and field team.
In 2012, Monroe has returned 21 kickoffs for 515 yards (No. 4 UT all-time single season) for a 24.5 average (tied for No. 5 UT all-time) with one TD, and has rushed 19 times for 162 yards (8.5 avg) and three touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 39 yards this season.
Monroe is a fifth-year running back who has played in 49 games, including six starts. He has amassed 1,685 kickoff return yards (No. 2 on UT's career list) on 68 attempts (No. 2 on UT's career list) for a 24.7 yards per return average (No. 5 on UT's career list). Monroe has 2,620 career all-purpose yards on 195 plays (13.4 ypp) and scored on his first-ever collegiate play with an 89-yard kickoff return against ULM in 2009.
Monroe was chosen to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
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