Athletes Arrive For College Football All-Star Classic

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By Ashley Thompson

Cramton Bowl will play host to this first ever All- Star Classic that will feature 102 college athletes from across the country.

It's The Stars vs. The Stripes as senior football players from different universities meet in Montgomery for this week-long event. Athletes were invited to participate in the Classic and Alabama's Quentin Dial says being selected was an honor.

"It was a great feeling. I mean, I've never been part of an All-Star game so it's all new to me...but it's a great feeling,"  he says.  

Both teams will practice daily for several hours in front of fans, coaches and NFL scouts. Former NFL coaches Dan Reeves and Jim Bates will lead each practice and direct Saturday's matchup. Some athletes tell us practicing with different teammates is inspiring.

"There's a whole lot of talent," says Alabama long snapper Carson Tinker. "There's physical guys up front. Smart guys in the backfield and quick guys on the edges. Theres just a lot of speed a lot of strength, a lot of talent out here. I'm just glad to be a part of it," he says.

Many of these athletes desire to go pro and some say their ultimate goal is to be recognized by the scouts that'll be close by all week.

"Just to help myself improve a little bit and learn from these coaches and also get the exposure from these scouts," says Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley.

"Try to get some scouts to look at me, give me a chance, and just make an impression," says Oregon defensive tackle Isaac Remington.

After the Blue-Gray Classic left Montgomery in 2001, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says people have been anxious for another big football matchup.

"Since that time you've had hundreds of people saying 'why don't you bring something back, why don't you bring something back?' Well, we're bringing it back," he says.

But Mayor Strange says in order for this Classic to remain in Montgomery, there must be citizen support.

"We need to have a good showing," he says. "We need to have good fans because the world will be seeing us. The world will be watching. We want to be a very positive impression.

The All-Star Classic will be Saturday at Cromton Bowl. Kickoff is at 2-oclock and the game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. For more information, visit http://collegeallstargame.com/ 

 

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