Tuesday, January 18, 2011

UNC's Yates to play in all-star game

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates has accepted an invitation to play in the NFL Players Association Texas vs. The Nation all-star game at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 in San Antonio, the school announced Tuesday.

The game matches some of the best college players from Texas with top players from around the nation. Yates established 37 school records at North Carolina, including career passing yards and single-season passing yards.

There are now at least five former Tar Heel players preparing to perform in postseason all-star games. Marvin Austin, the defensive tackle who was dismissed from the team for violating NCAA rules, will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in Orlando.

Linebacker Quan Sturdivant, cornerback Kendric Burney and safety Da'Norris Searcy are on the roster for the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala.

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving also is set to play in the Senior Bowl.

Ken Tysiac