CHICAGO –Tyree Jackson and Anthony Johnson will participate in the 2019 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 21st edition of the All-Star Football Challenge will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 1. The skills competition will feature 24 of college football's brightest stars divided into six teams based on their college conference. Each team will consist of four players from the same conference that will compete for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions. The conferences represented are the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12, the SEC, and four of the best players outside of the Power Five that will be called the "Wild Card" team.
Jackson and Johnson will make up half of the four-member "Wild Card" team. They will be the first University at Buffalo football players to participate in the event.
Jackson, who recently announced his intention to enter the NFL Draft, is coming off the best season of his career. The 2018 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year threw for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year. His 28 touchdowns were second in school history for a single season and his 35 combined passing and rushing touchdowns were the most in program history for a single season.
Johnson had another stellar season for the Bulls, leading the team with 57 receptions for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns. In only 25 career games, Johnson finished his career ranked fourth in school history in career receiving yards with 2,367 and third in career touchdowns with 25. He was a two-time first-team All-MAC selection.
Both Jackson and Johnson are in Mobile, AL this week participating in the Reese's Senior Bowl.
The following players will participate in the 2019 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge:
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
Ryan Finley, QB, NC State
Julian Love, DB, Notre Dame
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Team Big Ten
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Team Big 12
Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Kyle Kempt, QB, Iowa State
Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
Greg Gaines, DT, Washington
N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon
Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Each player will individually participate in a timed event, and then finish with a full team event. All events will be timed and have individual winners, which will compile into a cumulative score to determine the winning team. For example, the quarterbacks from each team will compete against each other to win their competition. But ultimately, their time will e added to the times of the other competitors on their conference designated team to have a final team score.
Individual events in the 2019 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge include: the State Farm QB Accuracy Competition, the Hands Competition, the Quicken Loans Lineman Strength Challenge and the Mercedes-Benz Obstacle Course. To conclude the program, the players will compete as teams in the State Farm Team Competition.
"Throughout the history of the State Farm All Star Football Challenge, the players have always brought incredible energy and passion. And with conference pride also on the line, the competition has amplified the excitement for players and fans alike," said Drew Russell, executive vice president at Intersport, which operates the event. "This year's class of athletes project to be impact performers on the professional level, so we're looking forward to a compelling and entertaining competition."
As many as 11 athletes participating in the State Farm All Star Football Challenge are named as first-round prospects, according to a variety of draft projections. Additionally, five players earned All-America distinction following the 2018 season.
Alumni of the All-Star Football Challenge include 75 first-round NFL Draft picks, including 36 Pro Bowlers, such as: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Ramsey, Derwin James, Landon Collins, Von Miller, Vernon Davis, Joe Flacco, Dez Bryant, Donovan McNabb, Reggie Wayne, and Edgerrin James, as well as three Heisman Trophy winners (Ron Dayne, Troy Smith and Jason White).
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