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January 10, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: All-Star bound

Mabank graduate Browning to take part in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 18

Athens — Mabank and University of Louisiana-Monroe graduate Kolton Browning has accepted an invitation to a premiere bowl game next Saturday.

Browning will participate in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. Jan. 18 on ESPN.

The game will kickoff at 5 p.m. Central time from the StubHub Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills.

Fans can also watch the practices on ESPNU on Jan. 15-16. The game and practices will also be streamed live online via WatchESPN.

According to the NFLPA  website, the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was ESPN’s highest-rated collegiate program on game day.

The game was founded in 2012 as an opportunity to give prospective NFL players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans.

The coaches for the game are legendary coach Dick Vermiel — who is back to defend his two-time national team wins. Vermiel’s team won last year’s contest 34-0 over the American team, and won the inaugural contest 20-14.

This year’s national team will be coached by Denny Green.

The athletes will also learn from current players and coaching legends what it takes to win on and off of the field.

Browning wrapped up his senior season at ULM with impressive numbers after dealing with a quad injury on Sept. 29.

Browning finished the year throwing for 2,179 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 229 yards and two more touchdowns.

His best game of 2013 came against the Troy University Trojans — which was a 49-37 win on Oct. 31 when he went 21-of-31 for 354 yards and five touchdowns.

He also had a game this season in which he threw for 315 yards on 43-of-68 passing in a 21-19 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

For his career, Browning threw for 10,263 yards, 81 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. He also had 1,545 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns.

The game is sponsored by Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, along with McDonald’s, Gatorade and EA Sports and PrimeSport.

For more information on the collegiate bowl game, visit their NFLPA website at collegiate.nflpa.com.

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