Jan 31, 2013, 1:02 PM EST
In honor of Saturday’s Texas vs The Nation game, this week in CAA Football history we look back at a pair of James Madison standouts in OL Corey Davis and QB Justin Rascati who were invited to take part in the inaugural playing of the all-star game on February 2, 2007. The event was played at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, and televised live on College Sports Television.
Similar to other postseason senior showcase events, the Texas vs The Nation game features some of the nation’s most prominent players looking to bolster their draft stock. The event puts a different spin on the traditional all-star game in that it pits Texas natives against players who hail from the nation’s other 49 states. A Virginian and Floridian, respectively, Davis and Rascati represented the league on Team Nation.
Both players certainly boasted the credentials to support their invitations to the game. Davis started in all but one game during his four seasons in Harrisonburg and received All-America honors from the Associated Press, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation as a senior. A Walter Payton Award finalist in 2006, Rascati started in every game over the course of his final three years with the Dukes and as a senior established program records for career (51) and season (20) touchdown passes.
Led by former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, Team Nation would go on to defeat UTEP coach Mike Price and Team Texas, 24-20, in front of 21,548 fans and in near-freezing weather that year. 79 of the 108 players selected to play in the game ultimately signed NFL contracts.
CAA Football will be represented by five players in this year’s Texas vs The Nation game, which will air live at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Southwest from Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. New Hampshire’s Dontra Peters and Jared Smith will join Richmond’s Kendall Gaskins, Old Dominion’s Craig Wilkins and Delaware’s Paul Worrilow as members of Team Nation.
For more on the game, visit texasvsthenation.com.
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