Aggie senior safety Siddeeq Shabazz (Chaparral, N.M./Gadsden HS) and senior wide receiver H.B. Briscoe (Daly City, Calif./Archbishop Riordan HS) have been picked to play in postseason all-star games.
Shabazz has been tabbed to play in the Rotary Gridiron Classic and Briscoe has been selected to play in the Paradise Bowl.
Shabazz and Briscoe join Shalimar Jackson (Paradise Bowl) as Aggies playing in postseason all-star games.
The Paradise Bowl is in its second season and will feature seniors from schools in the West against seniors from schools in the Midwest.
The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net and will kickoff at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, January 25.
The game will be played at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie College in St. George, Utah.
The Rotary Gridiron Classic pits college football seniors from the state of Florida against seniors from the rest of the nation. The game will be also be played January 25 and will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. and be aired nationally by ESPN2 as well as the Sports USA Radio Network. The game is played at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Briscoe finished the year with 50 receptions for 880 yards; a 17.6 yards per catch average and five touchdowns. His four, 100-yard plus receiving games were the most in a season for an Aggie since Ryan Shaw had four in 1999. His 880 receiving yards and 50 receptions, accomplished in 11 games due to missing one game due to an injury, are the most for an Aggie receiver since 1996 when Duane Gregory caught 68 passes for 890 yards.
The senior wide receiver caught a career high 9 passes for a career best 154 yards in the Aggies season ending 35-31 win over Idaho. It was his third consecutive 100-yard game of the season and his fourth overall in 2002. The 154 yards receiving is the 18th best single game total in Aggie history and the most for an Aggie receiver since Ryan Shaw caught 8 passes for 187 yards against Nevada in 1999.
Over his final five games, Briscoe caught 26 passes for 507 yards and five scores.
Briscoe finished his 2-year career at New Mexico State with 82 receptions for 1,257 yards and seven touchdowns and earned his degree in Family and Child Science.
Shabazz, a two-time first team all-Sun Belt Conference selection and a two-time Verizon Academic All-District VI pick, finished with 253 career tackles and four interceptions. He had 93 total tackles this season with two interceptions, four tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Shabazz earned the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after registering 11 total tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the Aggies 31-28 victory over UL Lafayette.
Last year Shabazz, a former walk-on, tied for the Sun Belt Conference lead in tackles with 107.