The 2017 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge has been reimagined for its 19th edition at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. For the first time, the skills competition will feature 24 of college football's brightest stars divided into six teams based on their college conference. Each team will consist of four players from the same conference that will compete for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions. The conferences represented are the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12, the SEC, and four of the best players outside of the Power Five, including Temple's DL Haason Reddick
, that will be called the "Wild Card" team. Each team will also be designated a current NFL player that was a prolific college star in that team's conference to serve as a coach and mentor throughout the competition.
"We are extremely excited to introduce the revamped format for this year's All-Star Football Challenge," said Intersport Vice President of Sports Properties Drew Russell. "We believe that this format will add competitive spirit between the athletes and create an emotional connection for fans of every conference viewing the event at home."
Each player will individually participate in a timed event, and then finish with a full team event. Events will all be timed and have individual winners that will compile into a cumulative score to determine the winning team. For example, the quarterbacks from each team will all compete against each other to win their competition. But ultimately, their time will be added to the times of the other competitors on their conference designated team to determine a final team score.
Individual events in the 2017 Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge include: the State Farm QB Accuracy Competition, the PlayStation Hands Competition, the Be The Match Lineman Strength Challenge and the Mercedes-Benz Obstacle Course. To conclude the program, the players will compete as teams in the State Farm Team Competition.
A complete roster was announced on Wednesday. Reddick's "Wild Card" Team will be captained by Redskins' CB Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina) and include: QB Zack Terrell (Western Michigan), WR Trent Taylor (Louisiana Tech), and OL Forrest Lamp (Western Kentucky).
Other teams are:
... Luke Kuechly – Boston College – Carolina Panthers; Brad Kaaya – QB – Miami; Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State; Cordrea Tankersley – CB – Clemson; Adam Bisnowaty – OT – Pittsburgh
Team Big Ten
... Melvin Gordon – Wisconsin – San Diego Chargers; C.J. Beathard – QB – Iowa; Anthony Walker Jr. – LB – Northwestern; Amara Darboh – WR – Michigan; Chris Wormley – DT – Michigan
Team Big 12
... Aqib Talib – Kansas – Denver Broncos; Pat Mahomes – QB – Texas Tech; Samaje Perine – RB – Oklahoma; Dede Westbrook – WR – Oklahoma; Vincent Taylor – DT – Oklahoma State
... DeSean Jackson – California – Washington Redskins; Davis Webb – QB – California; Takkarist McKinley – LB – UCLA; Bubba Baker – S – Washington; Elijah Qualls – DT – Washington
.... Landon Collins – S – New York Giants; Trevor Knight – QB – Texas A&M; Charles Harris – LB – Missouri; Quincy Wilson – CB – Florida; Montravius Adams – DT – Auburn
Alumni of the All-Star Football Challenge include three Heisman Trophy winners (Ron Dayne, Troy Smith and Jason White), 65 first-round NFL Draft picks and 32 Pro Bowlers, such as: Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles, Greg Olsen, Dez Bryant, Von Miller, Vernon Davis, Joe Flacco, Donovan McNabb and Edgerrin James.
The annual program is scheduled to air Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The event will have encore airings on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET on April 8 and on ESPN2 at noon ET on April 23. For more information on the 2017 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge, follow on Twitter (@AllStarFBall
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