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Griz Players Headed to Little Rock All Star Game

Little Rock, Arkansas (1/24/12) – University of Montana All-America linebacker Caleb McSurdy and teammates Charles Burton and Jon Opperud have been selected to participate in the Players All-Star Classic on Feb. 4, and will represent the Football Champion Subdivision (FCS) in the contest.

Eighteen FCS players were invited to play in the all-star game, which features players from all NCAA levels. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (Mountain time) at War Memorial Stadium, AT&T Field in Little Rock.

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McSurdy was named to The Sports Network/ FCS All-America first team after a senior season in which he ranked first at Montana and fifth in the Big Sky Conference with 9.3 tackles per game.  A 6-1, 242-pound senior linebacker from Boise, Idaho, McSurdy was also named to several All-American teams following his senior campaign.  He was chosen the Big Sky’s “Defensive Player of the Year” in 2011 by the league’s coaches.  He had a team-high 131 tackles for the fifth-ranked, 11-3 Grizzlies, along with 9.5 stops for loss and four sacks.



Photo courtesy UM Athletic Dep't.

A three-year starter at offensive tackle, the 6-7, 300-pound Opperud, from Portland, Ore., was a first team all-league pick and named third team All-American by the Associated Press in 2011.  He was Montana’s offensive team captain this past season.  He played in 47 career games and had 36 starts.





Photo courtesy UM Athletic Dep't.

Burton, a 6-5, 315-pounder from Long Beach, Calif., started at guard and at tackle the past two seasons for the Grizzlies.  He is listed as a center/offensive lineman on the North team.  He was an honorable mention all-conference selection the past two seasons.  Burton played in a 49 career games and had 25 starts.

The Players All-Star Classic will be televised live on both Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST).

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