Jan. 18, 2012
STORRS, Conn. -
Four University of Connecticut senior football players have been invited to play in upcoming postseason all-star games.
Center Moe Petrus (St. Laurent, Que.) will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Sat., January 21 at 4:00 p.m. with coverage on the NFL Network. The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Longtime coaching veterans Brad Childress (West) and Bobby Ross (East) will serve as the head coaches for the game.
Offensive tackle Mike Ryan (Tamaqua, Pa.) will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Sat., January 21 at 6:00 p.m. with coverage on the NBC Sports Network. The game will be played at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Ryan will play for the National Team that is being coached by former NFL coach Dick Vermeil.
Defensive tackle Kendall Reyes (Nashua, N.H.) will play in the Senior Bowl on Sat., January 28 at 4:00 p.m. with coverage on the NFL Network. The game is played at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins staff will coach the South team while Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings staff will work with the North team.
Senior kicker Dave Teggart (Northborough, Mass.) will play in the Players All-Star Classic on Sat., February 4 at 3:00 p.m. with coverage on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast and Cox Sports Television. The game is being played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ariz. Kurt Schottenheimer and Martin Bayless will serve as the head coaches in that game.
Reyes was a First Team All-BIG EAST Conference pick for the second time in a row this season and also earned All-ECAC honors. He started 41 games during his UConn career and was third on the UConn team with 13.5 tackles for loss while making 46 total tackles in 2011. For his career, he had 32.5 tackles for a loss - tenth in school history.
Ryan was a First Team All-BIG EAST Conference pick in 2010 and as second team pick in 2011. He started all 12 games for the Huskies in 2011 and started 33 games for UConn over his career. He saw action as both a guard and a tackle during his time with the Huskies.
Petrus was a mainstay on the Husky offense line during his career as he made 52-straight career starts and 39 at center. During his career, he blocked for five individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Teggart was also a First Team All-BIG EAST pick and All-ECAC selection. Teggart was a four-year standout and holds the UConn career records for field goals (74), extra points (128) and points (350). Teggart kicked a field goal in 22 of his final 25 collegiate games and had multiple field goals in eight games this year and had 11 career games with three or more field goals.