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Four ASU football stars selected for HBCU All-Star Bowl in ATL

Albany State QB, and two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year, was one of four Rams players selected to play in the HBCU All-Star Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 18.

Albany State QB, and two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year, was one of four Rams players selected to play in the HBCU All-Star Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 18.

ALBANY -- Four Albany State University football players have been invited to play in the nation's biggest black college all-star game.

Linebacker Jamarkus Gaskins, defensive back Rashad McRae, defensive lineman Antorio Wells and quarterback Stanley Jennings were selected to play in the third-annual HBCU All-Star Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 18.

Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The HBCU Bowl is the nation's only postseason football game that showcases the top FCS and Div. II HBCU football talent.

Gaskins, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior from Tifton, is the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two Defensive Player of the Year and conference Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 73 tackles (42 solo), with 17.5 for a loss of 75 yards in 12 games.

He led the team and the conference with 11 sacks and is ranked 20th in the nation in the category. He also had five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries for 67 yards, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Jennings was the two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year and passed for 2,662 yards, completing 169-of-344 passes for 24 touchdowns. The 6-2, 250-pound senior from Marietta also rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

McRae, a 5-10, 195 pound senior from Douglas was second on the team with 85 tackles (53 solo) with 10.5 tackles for losses. Named to the Super Region Two second team, McRae also had nine pass breakups, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and a sack.

Wells, a 6-2, 300-pound senior from Rome, recorded 32 tackles (18 solo) with 10 tackles for losses, eight quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

For the first time in the game's history, professional coaching staffs will take the sidelines to lead the all-star bowl teams. Canadian League coaches Chris Jones, defensive coordinator and assistant director of player personnel/football operations for the Calgary Stampeders, will coach the West Team, while Montreal Alouettes' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar will lead the East Team.

The game will be broadcast live on the Classic Sports Radio Network, with the pregame show starting at 2:30 p.m., and online at www.classicsportsradio.com. Donal Ware will handle play-by-play duties, while Eric Curry will handle color analyst duties. The game can be heard on ASU's campus radio station, WASU-FM 92.7.

General admission tickets for the game are $20 at the gate.