LANCASTER, Pa. - Team Stars & Stripes head coach Bill Manlove has selected a provisional roster of 51 players to face the Tec Monterrey All Stars in the 2009 Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Saturday, December 19 on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico. Senior cornerback, Barry Lovett (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Poly Prep) has been selected to represent Franklin & Marshall College.
"To be selected to represent my school in such a prestigious game is a great honor," said Lovett. "One more collegiate game left, I couldn't ask for a better Christmas present."
Lovett was named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team for the second time in as many years, following a season in which he broke up five passes and picked off three more. Lovett was the only defensive player unanimously selected to the first team. He rolled up 74 yards on his three interception returns, including a 62-yard return for a touchdown at McDaniel. That marked the second week in as many that Lovett had scored. He scooped and scored from 69-yards out in the win over Muhlenberg. Lovett had 33 tackles on the season, including 27 solo stops. His five tackles for losses included one sack.
Lovett is the third Diplomat to be selected for a postseason All-Star game. George Eager (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Twp.) and Clarke Miller (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) represented F&M at the Division III Senior All-Star Classic this Saturday in Salem, Va. last Saturday. F&M's head coach, John Troxell, and three members of his staff were selected to coach the South Team offense in the DIII Senior All-Star Classic.
Troxell's peers named him the Centennial Conference's Coach of the Year. The Diplomats rolled to a 9-2 record and picked up a postseason win over Wilkes in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Troxell finished second overall in fan voting for the prestigious Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, and is eligible to be a finalist for the award.
Troxell's senior headed to Mexico will play for the visiting team, comprised of NCAA DIII all-stars, will practice at the Tec Monterrey (CEM) facility in Atizapan de Zaragoza near Mexico City, from December 14 to 18 and will also visit the Aztec Pyramids and the nation's capital before facing their Mexican opponents. Tec Monterrey is the premier private university system in Mexico, with campuses in numerous locations around the country. Tec teams have captured eight of the past ten Liga Major football national championships.
A total of 35 colleges from 20 states are currently represented on the Team Stars & Stripes roster: Adrian College, Alfred University, Augustana College, Bates College, Bethel University, Central College, Cornell College, Delaware Valley College, Dickinson College, Fitchburg State College, Franklin and Marshall, Hanover College, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kean University, LaGrange College, Lebanon Valley College, McDaniel College, Menlo College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, North Central, Ohio Northern University, Salisbury University, St. Lawrence University, Susquehanna University, Thomas More, Trinity University, University of St. Thomas, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin - Stout, Ursinus College, Utica College, Washington University-St. Louis, Willamette University.
"The fact that we have so many schools and states represented shows how far and wide the appeal of flying the flag overseas for Division III football reaches across the United States," said event organizer Patrick Steenberge. "We will have players traveling from coast to coast who will come together as a team in Mexico and celebrate their college football careers together."
Russell Athletic and The Graphic Edge have partnered with Global Football Inc. as official apparel, uniform and ball suppliers for the Tazon de Estrellas. Spalding, a Russell Athletic Brand, will be the official football for the game, while Russell and The Graphic Edge will outfit Team Stars & Stripes players and coaches in Russell Athletic uniforms and specially designed apparel.