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NFL Draft: Indiana Hoosiers Linebackers Chris Covington & Tegray Scales in All-Star Games
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20 Jan 2018 09:34 AM EST

-by Evan McShane, Contributing Writer; Image: Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales. (Image Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bloomington, IN—Former Indiana Hoosier linebackers Chris Covington and Tegray Scales are set to play in college all-star games today in hopes of impressing NFL scouts.

NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL (CHRIS COVINGTON)

January 20th, 4:00PM EST | Pasadena, California | Rose Bowl Stadium

Hoosier fans can watch the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on FS1 or stream it online at Fox Sports Go. The Collegiate Bowl touts itself as the “premier postseason all-star game for any draft-eligible college football player.” The event is described as a week-long experience that “not only prepares players for the speed and intensity of professional football, but also for the business and lifestyle changes that come with it.” The game also provides some players a chance to play at the storied Rose Bowl Stadium for the first time.

Chris Covington more than deserved his invite to this prestigious all-star game. He established himself as one of the most durable and consistent players on Indiana’s roster this past season. Covington started in all 12 games as a senior and recorded a tackle-for-loss in ten of those contests. He will be recognized as a key cog in the wheel of a memorable Hoosier linebacking corps. He was named the team’s defensive player of the week three times this season. Covington earned honorable mention for the All-Big Ten Team and was named IU’s Defensive Player of the Year. He tallied 85 tackles, 12 for a loss, three sacks, and one fumble recovery.

Partnered with the NFL’s Players Association, The Collegiate Bowl is dedicated to educating players and allowing them to showcase their skills. NFL scouts, player personnel staff, general managers, and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams will be watching live practices, conducting player interviews, and reviewing tape.

EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME (TEGRAY SCALES)

January 20th, 3:07PM EST | St. Petersburg, FL | Tropicana Field

The 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game will be broadcast live on NFL Network. The historical all-star game is more than just a game. Some history about the Shrine Game can be found on their website:

“Created by the Shriners in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game was the nation’s first college all-star football game. The game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. More than 1 million children have benefited from Shriners Hospitals’ unique way of providing hope and healing, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services.”

Indiana’s All-American linebacker Tegray Scales will continue a long-standing Hoosier tradition of sending players and coaches to participate in this postseason event. He will be the 58th player to participate in the game. Indiana has also sent four coaches: Bill Ingram, John Pont, Lee Corso, and Bill Mallory. Scales also marks the fifth-straight Shrine Game that will feature an IU player (Ted Bolser '14, Collin Rahrig '15, Nate Sudfeld '16, Ralph Green in '17).

Tegray Scales had a fantastic senior year, tallying 89 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and six sacks. He was top-ten in the B1G in tackles-for-loss with 12.5. Scales was awarded Indiana’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player Award. He was nominated to several watch-lists such as the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, etc.

 Over its 93-year history, the Shrine Game has produced a plethora of NFL talent such as John Elway, Randall Cunningham, Brett Favre, Ed McCaffrey, Joey Galloway, Jimmy Garoppolo, and more. Scales continues to place his name in elite company, and represent Indiana football admirably.

To read more from Sammy Jacobs and his staff at HoosierHuddle.com, click here

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