2011 NFL Draft Features Three BHAFB Participants

Fort Worth, Texas, May 2, 2011 - Led by SMU’s Aldrick Robinson, three players that participated in a Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl were selected in the 2011 National Football League draft during the three-day process in New York.

A 5-10, 184-pound wide receiver that played in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the Mustangs against Army, Robinson was selected in the sixth-round by the Washington Redskins (178th pick overall).  In SMU’s 16-14 setback to Army, Robinson caught five passes for 176 yards and an eight-yard third quarter touchdown pass for quarterback Kyle Padron.

The two other players picked in the 2011 NFL Draft were from 2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participant Cal.  The Bears have now had 12 players from their 2007 BHAFB teams picked in the past four NFL drafts, including five in 2008, three in 2009 and two in 2010.  Bears picked in the 2011 draft were defensive back Chris Conte (third-round by the Chicago Bears, 93rd overall pick) and linebacker Mike Mohamed (sixth-round by the Denver Broncos, 189th).

Led by the 12 Cal Bears, players from 10 of the 12 schools that have participated in the past eight Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have had players drafted in the past eight NFL Drafts.  Only Air Force and Army have not had players drafted as the military academy players must face years of service in the armed forces following their graduation.

A total of 45 former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants have been drafted into the NFL, including eight from Utah (2006 BHAFB game), six from Cincinnati (2004), five from Boise State (2003), four from TCU (2003), three each from Houston (2005, 2008 and 2009) and Kansas (2005), two from Marshall (2004) and one from Tulsa (2006).

Three former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants were NFL first-rounders, including Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib (2008 draft), and Cal players center Alex Mack (2009) and defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (2010).  Nine former BHAFB participants were selected in the second-round followed by three in the third-round, six in the fourth-round, seven each in the fifth- and sixth-round, and 10 in the seventh-round.

The ninth annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will return to Dallas for the second-straight year as the 2011 nationally-televised postseason college football bowl game on ESPN will be played Friday, Dec. 30, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium with an 11 a.m. CST kickoff.  Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), ticket information for the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be released later this spring and can be obtained by calling the bowl office at 817/810-0012. Military veterans receive discounted tickets and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate military ticket underwriting program.  Additional information on all bowl activities can be obtained at www.ArmedForcesBowl.com, www.Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl or www.Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

NFL Draft & BHAFB Participants

Player, School, BHAFB game, Position, Height, Weight, Drafted (team/round/pick/year)

• Daryn Colledge, Boise State, 2003, T, 6-4, 300, Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 2006
• Gerald Alexander, Boise State, 2003, DB, 6-0, 210, Detroit Lions / 2nd / 61st pick / 2007
• Legedu Naanee, Boise State, 2003, WR, 6-2, 225, San Diego Chargers / 5th / 172nd pick / 2007
• Korey Hall, Boise State, 2003, LB, 6-1, 230, Green Bay Packers / 6th / 192nd pick / 2007
• Derek Schouman, Boise State, 2003, TE-FB, 6-2, 247, Buffalo Bills / 7th / 222nd pick / 2007

• Bo Schobel, TCU, 2003, DE, 6-5, 268, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 103rd pick / 2004
• Anthony Alabi, TCU, 2003, T, 6-5, 315, Miami Dolphins / 5th / 162nd pick / 2005
• Michael Toudouze, TCU, 2003, G, 6-6, 302, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 162nd pick / 2006
• Herbert Taylor, TCU, 2003, T, 6-4, 282, Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 196th pick / 2007

• Trent Cole, Cincinnati, 2004, DE-LB, 6-3, 270, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 146th pick / 2005
• Tyjuan Hagler, Cincinnati, 2004, LB, 6-0, 236, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 173rd pick / 2005
• Daven Holly, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 186, San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 215th pick / 2005
• John Bowie, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-11, 186, Oakland Raiders / 4th / 110th pick / 2007
• Brent Celek, Cincinnati, 2004, TE, 6-4, 261, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 162nd pick / 2007
• Haruki Nakamura, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 190, Baltimore Ravens / 6th / 206th pick / 2008

• Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, 2004, DE, 6-0, 242, Detroit Lions / 6th / 206th pick / 2005
• Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall, 2004, RB, 5-11, 195, New York Giants / 7th / 250th pick / 2007

• Kevin Kolb, Houston, 2005, QB, 6-3, 218, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 36th pick / 2007
• Donnie Avery, Houston, 2005, WR, 5-11, 186, St. Louis Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 2008
• Sebastian Vollmer, Houston, 2008, T, 6-8, 315, New England Patriots / 2nd / 58th pick / 2009

• Aqib Talib, Kansas, 2005, DB, 6-2, 202, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 20th pick / 2008
• Anthony Collins, Kansas, 2005, T, 6-6, 308, Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 112th pick / 2008
• Derek Fine, Kansas, 2005, TE, 6-2, 250, Buffalo Bills / 4th / 132nd pick / 2008

• Chris Chamberlain, Tulsa, 2006, DB, 6-2, 226, St. Louis Rams / 7th / 228th pick / 2008

• Eric Weddle, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-11, 203, San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 37th pick / 2007
• Paul Soliai, Utah, 2006, DT, 6-4, 344, Miami Dolphins / 4th / 108th pick / 2007
• Sean Smith, Utah, 2006, DB, 6-2, 215, Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 61st pick / 2009
• Brice McCain, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-9, 185, Houston Texans / 6th / 188th pick / 2009
• Freddie Brown, Utah, 2006, WR, 6-4, 215, Cincinnati Bengals 7th / 252nd / 2009
• Zane Beadles, Utah, 2006, G, 6-4, 310, Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 2010
• Stevenson Sylvester, Utah, 2006, LB, 6-2, 225, Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 166th pick / 2010
• R. J. Stanford, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-10, 183, Carolina Panthers / 7th / 223th pick / 2010

• DeSean Jackson, Cal, 2007, WR, 6-0, 178, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 49th pick / 2008
• Craig Stevens, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 255, Tennessee Titans / 3rd / 85th pick / 2008
• Thomas DeCoud, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-1, 196, Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 98th pick / 2008
• Lavelle Hawkins, Cal, 2007, WR, 5-11, 187, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 126th pick / 2008
• Justin Forsett, Cal, 2007, RB, 5-8, 190, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 233rd pick / 2008
• Alex Mack, Cal, 2007, C, 6-4, 312, Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 2009
• Zack Follett, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-2, 231, Detroit Lions / 7th / 235th pick / 2009
• Cameron Morrah, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 244, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 248th pick / 2009
• Tyson Alualu, Cal, 2007, DT, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Jaguars / 1st / 10th pick / 2010
• Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal, 2007, DB, 5-9, 182, Denver Broncos / 7th / 225th pick / 2010
• Chris Conte, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-2, 197, Chicago Bears / 3rd / 93rd pick / 2011
• Mike Mohamed, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-3, 239, Denver Broncos / 6th / 189th pick / 2011

• Aldrick Robinson, SMU, 2010, WR, 5-10, 184, Washington Redskins / 6th / 178th pick / 2011