Another Tiger Receives All-Star Invitation

This Auburn senior is excited about his chance to show his talent to pro scouts.

Auburn, Ala.--A third football Auburn player has been invited to compete in the East-West Shrine Bowl All-Star Game.

Senior noseguard Tommy Jackson will join tight end Cooper Wallace and offensive tackle Troy Reddick at the game that will be played Jan. 21st at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

"It is going to be a lot of fun," Jackson says. "I am going to play hard and do what I have to do. I am going to go out there and work my tail off."

Jackson says that a strong showing in the all-star game should help his stock with pro scouts.

"Playing in the NFL is something I have wanted to do my whole life," he says. "I am going to do my best to seize the opportunity.

Tommy Jackson is shown on his graduation day in August.

The East-West Shrine contest is the oldest college all-star football game. This year's contest, the 81st, marks the first time it has not been played in the San Francisco area.

Houston Nutt of Arkansas has been selected to coach the East squad and Dennis Franchione of Texas A&M will lead the West all-stars.

In last season's game, Auburn's Jay Ratliff played for the East team. He is a rookie defensive lineman with the Dallas Cowboys.

T.J. Jackson had a lot of reasons to celebrate during four seasons as a major contributor to the Auburn defense.

Jackson, a 6-0, 310-pounder, has started 24 consecutive games for the Tigers. He was a second team All-SEC pick this season after making 40 stops, including 5 1/2 for losses with two sacks.

Wallace, a 6-4, 263 senior, has been a major contributor to the Auburn offense for four seasons. He has started all but one game going back to his sophomore year. He started once and played in all 13 games as an All-SEC Freshman.

As a senior the native of Nashville, Tenn., has 19 receptions for 191 yards and one TD. For his career, with one game left to play, he has 62 catches for 825 yards and four scores.

Reddick is a 6-5, 320-pounder from Albany, Ga., who has been a fixture in the Auburn starting lineup since his sophomore season.

Reddick started in three games as a true freshman guard in 2002. He started all 13 games as a guard the following season.

In spring of 2004 he moved to tackle and won a starting spot there. He earned All-SEC honorable mention status by AP as the Tigers posted a 13-0 record.

The lineman has started 10 games as a senior. He showed his versatility by playing center vs. Kentucky. He had one of the best games of the season by any Tiger with a 99 percent overall grade in Auburn's victory at Georgia.

Four of their teammates are expected to play in the Senior Bowl. That group includes receivers Devin Aromashodu and Anthony Mix along with offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and linebacker Travis Williams.

McNeill is expected to play in the Hula Bowl along with wideout Ben Obomanu with AU's head coach, Tommy Tuberville, the head coach for the East squad.

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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