Another collegiate showcase

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 10, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The top seniors from 48 states battled the best from Texas in the 5th annual NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation game held in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamo Bowl this past Saturday.

With over 200 NFL scouts in attendance and more than 70 players invited to the up-and-coming NFL Combine, which will be held on February 23rd thru March 1st, many people believed this year’s Texas vs. the Nation roster was even better than the East/West Shrine Bowl’s.

“We don’t get up in the morning wanting to be number two at anything.” said CEO, Kenny Hansmire. “We want this to be the best game in the country.”

With over 95% of the players in last year’s game getting invited to a NFL camp and 31 of them getting drafted in the NFL, Hansmire’s assessment that the Texas vs. the Nation is the best game in the country maybe correct.

Because this year’s all-star roster included: T.J. Yates (UNC), Damien Berry (Miami), Kenderick Ellis (Hampton), Denarious Moore (Tenn.), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Mario Fannin (Auburn), Eddie Jones (Texas), Wayne Daniels (TCU), (Darrell-Johnson Koulianos (Iowa), Christian Anthony (Grambling), Devon Torrence (Ohio State)and Ricardo Cockett (Fort Valley State).

With such a power pack roster, the game went down to the wire with a fourth down goal line defensive stance by team Texas, which was coached by former Cowboy Bill Bates.

The game-winning tackle was made by Texas linebacker Eddie Jones against (RB) Damien Berry at the 1-yard line with just 55 seconds to go.

With that tackle, Team Texas went on to defeat the Nation, which was headed by former Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville by the score of 13-7.