Vols' Lathers Will Play In NFLPA Bowl

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers has been invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a college all-star game featuring draft eligible seniors.

The game will be played on Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and air on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET.


Lathers comes off a senior season with the Vols where he racked up 66 tackles, third-most on the team. He played in 11 games overall with eight starts at WILL linebacker. Lathers had 5.0 tackles for a loss including two sacks along with two passes defended and an interception. Lathers had a career-high 15 tackles and his first-career interceptions at No. 17 South Carolina on Oct. 27. He also had 12 tackles at Mississippi State on Oct. 13. Over a three-game span vs. ranked teams, piled up 35 stops from Oct. 13-27. The Baton Rouge, La., native was named the Vols' SEC Community Service Player of the Week late in the season. Lather returned to action in 2012 after missing all of 2011 with a fractured ankle.

NFL prospects will be placed into two NFLPA Collegiate Bowl teams. ESPN analyst and former NFL player/coach Herm Edwards will coach the American Team, while Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil will coach the National Team.

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participating draft-eligible seniors will receive an in-depth introduction to the union - the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Four hours of practices will air on ESPNU in the week leading up the game on Jan. 19.

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