New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Abdul Kanneh has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced this week in a news release.
Kanneh will be one of the draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Kanneh earned 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division-II Football All-America First-Team and BSN All-America First-Team honors.
A 6-0, 170-pound native of London, Kanneh finished with a team-high six interceptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns, 67 tackles, and a team-best 16 break-ups. He blocked three kicks and had one quarterback sack. He also returned eight kicks for 140 yards and one punt for 49 yards.
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For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union, what the release called “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,” the release states.
Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
Two other NMHU standouts were invited to showcased their skills in recent all-star type games.
For linebacker Jordan Campbell it was at the Collegiate Development Football League’s FCS Senior Football Bowl. For offensive lineman Chris Awambu, it was at the D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl. Both games were held Dec. 15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
NMHU finished 8-3 this past fall under head coach Eric Young. That ranked third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.