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Players Arrive for Raycom College Football All-Star Classic

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The inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic has officially begun.

The coaching staff, players and support staff assembled at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa for the week-long festivities.

Nine-time Super Bowl participant Dan Reeves will serve as the head coach of the Stripes Team. Long-time NFL defensive coordinator Jim Bates will be the head coach of the Stars Team.

Both coaches are excited about the opportunity the game gives the players this week.

"This gives a chance, an opportunity, for some players to show what they can do in an all-star situation, where you get to come in and show your talent to NFL scouts and coaches that are here," Reeves said. "It's a great opportunity. We're looking forward to it.

"Jim (Bates) and I have talked about it and we're going to make it an exciting game and give these guys a chance to show what they can do. It's an exciting time for us and an exciting time for these players."

Long-time NFL defensive coordinator Jim Bates will be the head coach of the Stars Team and he was impressed the local talent that was assembled for this week's game.

Bates sees it as an opportunity for a player to get more exposure in front NFL coaches and scouts in attendance.

"As people can see on the roster a lot the players from smaller schools are the stars." Bates said. "A lot of them are from Alabama and surrounding states.  They will have an opportunity to go against the bigger schools like Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. There a lot of fine schools in the southeast and throughout the country and this will great exposure for these guys this week."

After a long day of travel the teams finally made to Montgomery late Monday evening.  An orientation meeting was held at 8:30 p.m. and then the two teams broke up into team meetings to discuss the week ahead.

The players spent most of Sunday with NFL personnel and will undergo physicals on Monday morning before hitting the for the first practice session in the afternoon.

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