WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that TOM HORNSEY, JOHNNIE FARMS and LONNIE BALLENTINE of Memphis have committed to playing in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl presented by Panini.
The trio will be part of the 110 talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 18 at StubHub 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 Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16.
Hornsey, a punter from Geelong, Victoria, Australia, was named the 2013 Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s top punter earlier this week. The four-year starter averaged 43.15 yards over his playing career is ninth among active FBS punters in career average and top by a four-year player at Memphis. Hornsey ranks nationally first and second in career punting yards (12,815) and career punts (297), respectively, both of which are Tigers records. In his NCAA career, he had 34 games in which he averaged 40+ yards (minimum four punts per game) and booted 73 punts of 50+ yards and 13 punts of 60 yards or more, including a career-long 79-yarder. Hornsey placed an incredible 101 career punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line (34 percent) and had just 12 touchbacks (four percent) during the course of his career, had just 12 touchbacks (four percent). He also proved to be a threat on fake punts, converting all four of his attempts: he rushed three times for 62 yards (27, 21 and 14 yards) and also completed a 61-yard pass.
Ballentine, a defensive back from Memphis, posted 176 career tackles including 58 as a senior in 2013. He was named to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview All-American Athletic Conference Fourth-Team Defense during the preseason. After the 2012 season, Ballentine was named All-Conference USA Honorable Mention and was awarded one of the Iron Tiger awards for his strength and conditioning work during 2011 spring drills.
Farms, a defensive lineman from Perry, Georgia, posted 101 career tackles including 21 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks. He was selected to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview’s All-American Athletic Conference First-Team Defense and was a Third-Team Defense selection on Athlon Sports’ College Football preseason All-American Athletic Squad. After the 2012 season, he was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team as selected by the league’s head coaches. Farms was also named to Phil Steele’s 2012 Postseason All-Conference Third Team and earned a Spring Iron Tiger Award presented at the 2011 Blue-Gray Game.
For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl presented by Panini, participants 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.
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. Dennis Green and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Visit the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl site for a full list of the teams’ assistant coaches.
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