OL Micah Hatchie, DE Andrew Hudson, MLB John Timu and CB Travell Dixon will all play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 17th at the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills per a press release from bowl organizers. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is one of many "all star" games whose goal is to help professional scouts get more evaluation time with potential draftees
The four Huskies playing in the bowl are all considered borderline NFL talents. Hatchie is the most "draftable" of the four players given his physical attributes and the experience he garnered as a three year starter at left tackle.
Timu is also on a lot draft boards as a potential late round draftee. As a former QB, Timu is considered the classic "student of the game" type of linebacker though his size suggests that he might project into the NFL as an OLB.
Andrew Hudson is another intangibles player who definitely earned his way onto some draft boards with a very effective senior season. However, it is hard to project where this classic "tweener" might fall given that his size makes DE a bit of a stretch for him at the next level.
Dixon may be the most interesting name on this list. He's a big DB who may have been better suited to play Safety in college. However, his refusal to switch positions greatly limited his playing time while at Washington. In the NFL, Dixon may project as more of a CB in the mold of Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 4pm ET on Saturday, January 17. ESPNU will be broadcasting practices on both January 14th and 15th.
The full press release follows.
The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that University of Washington's defensive back Travell Dixon, offensive lineman Micah Hatchie, linebacker John Timu, and defensive end Andrew Hudson have committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Linebacker John Timu was a star for the Huskies defense, starting all thirteen regular season games and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as well as Academic All-Pac 12 honors. Affectionately referred to as "Pops" by his teammates, the Long Beach, California native has been a defensive leader since earning a starting role his freshman season. The 6-1, 246-pound Timu had two interceptions this season and returned both for touchdowns, one of which came in a 45-14 win against Georgia State, a game in which he also recorded 10 tackles.
Micah Hatchie, a 6-5, 306-pound lineman from Haleiwa, Hawai'i, was a crucial cog in the Huskies offense that averaged over 30 points per game. Since 2012, Hatchie has started every game for Washington at left tackle and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons. He also served as a team captain for two games and earned the team's Lineman of the Game award for his performance against Hawaii.
Andrew Hudson, a Redlands, California native, started every game at defensive end and finished the regular season ranked seventh in the nation with 11.5 sacks. His play earned him honorable mention All-Pac-12. The three-time game captain was named UW lineman of the game against Oregon State as he recorded five tackles, two of them sacks, in the win over the Beavers. The 6-3, 246-pound Hudson tied for the team's high with 71 total tackles on the season. He added a recovered fumble and three forced fumbles to his stats in his final Huskies campaign.
Travell Dixon was another contributor to the Huskies defense, earning playing time in 11 games this season with one crucial start. In an early season victory against Eastern Washington, the 6-1, 195-pound Miami native performed well with extensive playing time, blanketing opposing receivers and recording a tackle.
The players will be four of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 17 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15.
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For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, 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. Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz 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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