UNC's Austin set for all-star game

Dismissed player on East roster

Staff writerJanuary 12, 2011 

North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin, who did not play a snap for the Tar Heels this season, may play in a college football all-star game.

UNC spokesman Kevin Best said Tuesday that the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive lineman is expected to make the trip and play for the East team in the Jan. 22 East vs. West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla.

A preseason All-ACC pick, Austin 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 this April's 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.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and Miami wideout Len Hankerson are among the ACC players scheduled to play in the Jan. 29 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

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

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