AU Players Headed to Hula Bowl All-Star Game

Tommy Tuberville is expected to have some familiar faces with him as he coaches in the 2006 Hula Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--Wide receiver Ben Obomanu and offensive tackle Marcus McNeill are expected to join their head coach in Hawaii for the 2006 Hula Bowl All-Star Football Game.

Tommy Tuberville will be the head coach of the East All-Stars for the game scheduled for 6 p.m. CST on Jan. 21st.

The game, which has been played on the island of Maui in recent seasons, has been moved to the island of Oahu at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. There is a possibility that additional Auburn seniors will join their coach for the all-star game that will be televised by ESPN.

Obomanu leads the Tigers in receptions this year with 28 and touchdown catches with five. He had 295 receiving yards, which is second to fellow senior Devin Aromashodu. He has six carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Obomanu has 92 career receptions, which is 10th on the all-time list for the Tigers, one behind Thomas Bailey (1991-94) and Lawyer Tillman (1985-88). Obomanu is second all-time in TD receptions with 18, 11 behind Terry Beasley (1969-71).

Obomanu has 1,251 career receiving yards.

McNeill, who has been named to a variety of All-SEC and All-American teams, has been a full-time starter at tackle the past three seasons and was a part-time starter as a true freshman. He is the winner of the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top blocker in 2005.

Last season, Auburn defensive end Bret Eddins played in the Hula Bowl game.

At least five other Tigers will play in postseason all-star games. Tight end Cooper Wallace and offensive tackle Troy Reddick are scheduled to compete for the East team at the East-West Shrine Bowl All-Star Game that will be played Jan. 21 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

At least four Tigers are expected to play in the Jan. 28th Senior Bowl in Mobile. That group includes receivers Devin Aromashodu and Anthony Mix along with McNeill and linebacker Travis Williams.

The Tigers will wrap up the season with a Jan. 2nd date in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando vs. the Wisconsin Badgers.

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