Will Marvin Austin play in an NCAA all-star game?

Staff writerJanuary 11, 2011 

All-star college football game rosters can change frequently between the time players commit to participate and the actual kickoff.

But if all goes as planned, North Carolina’s Marvin Austin will compete for the East team in the Jan. 22 East vs. West Shrine game in Orlando, Fla.

Kevin Best of the UNC sports information department said Tuesday that the 6 foot 3, 305-pound defensive lineman is expected to make the trip and play.

Austin, a preseason all-ACC pick, did not play during 2010. After being withheld early in the season during an NCAA investigation into illegal involvement with agents, he was dismissed from the program on Oct. 11.

Prior to the season, Austin was projected as a second-round pick in the April 28-30 NFL Draft.

Also scheduled to play in the East vs. West game are Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Clemson offensive lineman Chris Hairston among others from the ACC.

Slated to play in the Jan. 29 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., are Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and Miami wide out Len Hankerson among others from the ACC.

To date, no other players from UNC, N.C. State and Duke are listed on the postseason all-star rosters, but the list of players for the Feb. 5 NFLPA Game in San Antonio has not yet been released in full.

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