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Football Duo In Texas vs. Nation Challenge

Jordan Lake (above) and David Gettis will play in Saturday's Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.

Jordan Lake (above) and David Gettis will play in Saturday's Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.

Feb. 5, 2010


Baylor senior All-Big 12 players David Gettis and Jordan Lake will compete in the fourth annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge Saturday at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The annual collegiate all-star game kicks off at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Network.

The three-year-old all-star game pits collegiate seniors with ties to the state of Texas against top seniors from across the nation. The Baylor duo will be coached on the Texas squad by former Dallas Cowboys great Bill Bates.

Gettis, a former track athlete, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 status as a senior. He totaled 52 receptions, 675 yards and three touchdowns in 2009. His 4.3 catches-per-game ranked 13th in the Big 12. Gettis caught six passes of 40 or more yards this season and his 13.0 average-per-reception led the team. He was named Baylor's Co-Offensive MVP and he was invited to attend the 2010 NFL Combine.

Lake is a three-time All-Big 12 honoree who finished his senior season with 91 tackles and three forced fumbles. His 7.6 tackles-per-game average ranked sixth in the conference and he finished his career with 324 tackles (ranks ninth all-time at Baylor), six interceptions and nine forced fumbles.

Gettis and Lake are the third and fourth Baylor student-athletes to compete in the Texas vs. the Nation event, and the first since the inaugural 2007 game when two Bears, running back Paul Mosley and receiver Trent Shelton played (Mosley earned Outstanding Offensive Player honors). A third Baylor player, quarterback Shawn Bell was invited and participated in the 2007 events but did not play due to injury.

Since the inaugural Texas vs. the Nation game in 2007, a total of 292 participants have gone on to sign NFL contracts. Some of the outstanding alums of the game include Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox, Indianapolis Colts WR Pierre Garcon, Denver Broncos DT Marcus Thomas, Cincinnati Bengals RB Bernard Scott, Jacksonville Jaguars DT Terrance Knighton, and Arizona Cardinals RB Tim Hightower.

CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK

Satellite:
DirecTV channel 613
Dish Network channel 152

Central Texas Cable:
Grande channel 223
Time Warner channel 435

 

 

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