Checking in on Gators playing in postseason All-Star games.
By SCOTT CARTERFS Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The college football all-star season officially kicked off on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Two former Gators were on hand for the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game: receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. and running back/receiver Omarius Hines.
There wasn't much media coverage of the game, but according to the official stat package posted on the game's Facebook page, Hammond had one reception for six yards and one rush for six yards.
Hines did not record a statistic for the East team, which lost 40-7.
Hammond and Hines were the first of nine former UF players scheduled to play in postseason all-star games over the next few weeks.
Next up is defensive tackle Omar Hunter, who is on the Stars roster for Saturday's inaugural Raycom College All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala. Hunter's team is being coached by Jim Bates, a longtime NFL assistant and Florida's defensive coordinator in Steve Spurrier's first season in 1990.
The Stars roster features some familiar names other than Hunter, including South Carolina's Shaq Wilson, Notre Dame's Mike Golic Jr. and LSU's Russell Shepard.
The Raycom Classic will air at 4 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
Meanwhile, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is also on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. No former Gators are in the game, which will be shown live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET.
However, on Saturday in St. Petersburg Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis, linebacker Lerentee McCray and safety Josh Evans will play in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. You can watch the East-West Shrine Game on the NFL Network starting at 4 p.m.
The following weekend is the Senior Bowl, the most prestigious of the college postseason all-star games. Florida running back Mike Gillislee, linebacker Jon Bostic and offensive lineman Xavier Nixon are scheduled to participate in the game, which will air at 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.
The final postseason showcase is the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game on Feb. 2 in Allen, Texas, near Dallas.
The game pits Division I, II and III college players from Texas schools against a roster made up of players from around the country. The rosters are not finalized so it's unclear if any Gators will play in the game.