Brown, Frierson To Play in Texas vs. the Nation Game
Jan. 23, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Former Illinois State football standouts Matt Brown and Evan Frierson were recently selected to play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m. CST at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.
The Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game is a post-season college football all-star game that was established in 2006. Brown and Frierson are the third and fourth ISU players, respectively, to participate in the game. Redbird All-American linebacker Cameron Siskowic was the game's MVP, when he competed in 2007 and Isaiah Wiggins represented ISU in the 2008 contest.
Brown and Frierson join teammate Nate Palmer as Redbirds selected to play in postseason all-star games this offseason. Last weekend, Palmer competed in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, presented by the NFL Players Association.
Brown was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a First-Team All-MVFC selection in his final season behind center for the Redbirds. The Marion, Ill., native led the MVFC in passing yards (3,370), passing yards per game (259.2) and total offense yards (3,522) in 2012. He set new ISU single-season records in pass attempts (439), completions (272), passing yards (3,370), passing touchdowns (27) and total offense yards (3,552).
In addition to his career-best numbers in the passing game, Brown added a career-best seven rushing touchdowns as well. He finished his illustrious career at ISU with career records in eight categories, including passing attempts (1,455), completions (927), passing yards (10,591), passing touchdowns (78), completion percentage (63.7), total offense yards (10,952) and touchdowns responsible for (87). He also sits atop the conference record books at the all-time leader in six different passing categories.
Frierson was a 2012 All-MVFC Honorable Mention selection, after playing in all 13 games for the Redbirds. The Washington, D.C. native started 12 of those games at outside linebacker and ranked fourth on the team with 72 tackles. He added 6.5 sacks and twelve tackles-for-loss, in addition to forcing two fumbles and recording four quarterback hurries. Frierson also posted a sack in six different games and had at least one tackle-for-loss in 10 games. In the team's second-round playoff win at Appalachian State, Frierson had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss, to help the Redbirds advance to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.
Texas vs. the Nation began as an idea to bring a sense of rivalry and teamwork back to the all-star arena by pitting the best of Texas against the rest of the Nation. Each team consists of approximately 54 draft eligible players, representing Div I, II and III college football teams from all over America. From the previous five games that have been played, over 100 players have been selected in the NFL Draft and more than 500 have signed with a NFL team. Each year the NFL, CFL and other professional football leagues send over 200 scouts, front office personnel, senior executives, and coaches to evaluate the talent and to attend special events.
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