MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State free safety Kejuan Riley, quarterback Greg Jenkins, cornerback Saeed Lee and tackle Terren Jones will represent the Hornets in upcoming college all-star games.
Riley will now play in the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla. Jenkins will participate in the NFL Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. Lee will replace Riley and join Jones in the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic in Montgomery.
All three games will be played on January 19. Riley and Jones, along with punter Bobby Wenzig were also named to the Boxtorow HBCU All-America team, the fourth All-America team the trio has been named to this offseason.
Running back Isaiah Crowell and DE Jimmy Daniels were named honorable mention All-Americans on the Boxtorow team.
Riley (6-2, 208, SR, Wetumkpa, Ala.), named to the Boxtorow All-America team for the second time, is a three-time first-team All-SWAC, three-time FCS and two-time AP FCS All-America selection, completed his stellar career as Alabama State's career leader in both interceptions (21) and interception return yards (348).
Riley, who led or tied for the conference lead in interceptions each of the final three years, finished his career with 231 tackles (145 solo) with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also averaged 22.3 yards on 15 kick returns and 7.5 yards on 28 punt returns during his career.
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime. It's been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
"It's a great feeling knowing I was selected to play in this game," Riley said of the East-West Shrine Game, which will be televised on NFL Network at 3 p.m. central time. "I just thank God for this opportunity to showcase my talents against other players in the country. Now, I just have to show the world I belong."
The National Football League Players Association made the announcement that Jenkins will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Jenkins (6-1, 205, SR, Dade City, Fla.), who graduated from Alabama State earlier in December with a degree in criminal justice, finished his Hornet athletic career ranked sixth in total offense (4,003 yards) and eighth in passing yards (3,166).
In just two seasons, he accounted for 35 touchdowns (20 passing/15 rushing) in winning 13 of 19 career starts while playing in 21 career games. This past season, Jenkins set career highs in passing yards (1,691), rushing yards (507) and rushing touchdowns (eight) while passing for nine touchdowns.
"It's a blessing and an honor to represent Alabama State and my family," Jenkins said. "This is a great opportunity to perform in front of thousands of fans and also NFL scouts."
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.
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 standouts Terrell Davis, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
The inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be televised live from Cramton Bowl at 2 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. The Classic will be a week-long event that features elite college football seniors participating in NFL-formatted practices that are open to the public. The Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be coached by former NFL head coaches Jim Bates and Dan Reeves.
Lee (5-11, 160, SR, Miami, Fla.)was a two-year starter and four-year letterman for the Hornets, and finished his career 115 tackles (71 solo) with five interceptions, a pair of sacks and four fumble recoveries.
"It's a great opportunity to showcase my talents and represent my school," Lee said. "I'm excited to get another opportunity to do what I love." Jones (6-7, 320, SR, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) started 34 of his 38 games in an ASU uniform.
The three-time All-SWAC selection has been named a 2012 FCS All-American by The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, and the Associated Press.
This season, Jones helped the Hornets gain more than 400 yards four times and score at least 30 points in six consecutive games. Alabama State rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season with a conference-best 31 rushing touchdowns.
"It's an honor and a blessing to represent ASU in such a prestigious event," Jones said. "I thank God, my coaches, and my family as without them, I wouldn't have made it this far."
Wenzig (6-2, 185, JR, San Diego, Calif.) led the SWAC and ranked third in the nation in punting, posting career highs in punting average (45.6 yards), punts of at least 50 yards (20), and punts downed inside the 20 (24).
Wenzig was a six-time SWAC Special Teams Player of the Week winner and a one-time National Special Teams Player of the Week honoree, had a game average of at least 46.0 yards per punt six times, and also had one rush for 14 yards leading to game-winning touchdown at Grambling State.
Wenzig is a two-time All-SWAC recipient, and earned first-team honors this season, and has also been named to the Sports Network, AFCA, and AP FCS All-America teams.
Crowell (5-11, 190, SO, Columbus, Ga.) ranked third in the SWAC with 842 yards and led the league with a career-best 15 touchdowns.
While catching 11 passes for 95 yards, Crowell posted four 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 149 yards against Texas Southern. Crowell scored at least one touchdown in a game 10 times, including five two-touchdown games. Crowell was a three-time winner of the SWAC Newcomer of the Week Award.
Daniels (6-2, 265, SR, Oglethorpe, Ga.) made 57 tackles, with career highs in solo tackles (37) and tackles for loss (19.5). The 2012 first-team All-SWAC honoree ranked second in the league with a career-high 9.0 sacks and also had one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. He made at least five tackles in a game six times in 2012.