Orrin Thompson To The Villages Gridiron Classic

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke defensive tackle Orrin Thompson has been selected to play in the seventh annual Villages Gridiron Classic on Saturday, January 15 at The Villages Polo Stadium in The Villages, Fla. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the contest will be televised by ESPN2.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Orrin Thompson played in 46 career games for the Blue Devils with 27 starting assignments. He collected 141 career tackles including 16.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks.

"We have a nice mixture of guys that played -big-time-college football and guys that may be lesser known commodities, but are outstanding football players," Associate Director of The Villages Gridiron Classic Anthony Azama said. "We've made it our policy to bring in players who have a real chance to play in the National Football League next season and will work well with the professional staffs."

The Villages Gridiron Classic will be played at The Villages Polo Stadium in The Villages, Fla., located approximately one-hour north of Orlando.

The college all-star game was played at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando for its first five years. Tickets, priced at $26, are available through The Villages Box Office at 352.750.5411, at Ticketmaster locations throughout Florida and online at www.fcsports.com.

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