Williams to test skills

Williams to test skills

Notre Dame's Ian Williams to participate in All-Star challenge.

The following is a release courtesy Notre Dame athletics:

CHICAGO– The 2011 All-Star Football Challenge will air from 7-9 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN2. The 13th annual event showcases 12 college football standouts competing in a live skills challenge. The ESPN broadcast team includes Bob Davie, Mark Jones, Todd McShay and Wendi Nix.

The All-Star Football Challenge is one of six properties owned and operated by Intersport, an award-winning sports television and event marketing agency. Alumni of the All-Star Football Challenge include 38 first-round NFL draft picks and three Heisman Trophy winners (Ron Dayne, Troy Smith and Jason White).

Additionally, Super Bowl XLV participants Aaron Rodgers, Rashard Mendenhall and Antwaan Randle El are alumni of the 2005, 2008 and 2002 All-Star Football Challenges, respectively.

The 2011 All-Star Football Challenge competitors include:

Quarterbacks:

Running Backs/Wide Receivers:

Linebackers:

Defensive Linemen:

Three of the competitors are ranked in the Scouts Inc.'s Top 32 draft rankings (No. 7 Miller, No. 18 Kerrigan and No. 23 Locker).

The individual skills challenges are: SKECHERS Shape-Ups Quarterback Accuracy Competition, State Farm Wide Receiver Hands Competition, U.S. Marines Linebacker Obstacle Course and the U.S. Marines Lineman Strength Challenge. Participants will then be divided into SKECHERS Shape-Ups Offensive and State Farm Defensive Team Competitions.

To conclude the program, the players will be divided into two teams for a final Full Team Competition. Of note, Joe Montana will be on site as part of SKECHERS Shape-Ups sponsorship.

The broadcast will be re-aired three times: 11:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, on ESPN2; 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, on ESPN2; and 4:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 13, on ESPN. Sponsors involved in the broadcast are: NetJets, SKECHERS Shape-Ups, State Farm and U.S. Marines.

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