Jan. 10, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.-Colorado State senior offensive tackle Joe Caprioglio has been selected to play in a postseason all-star game in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 11.
The second annual Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game kicks off at 8 p.m. (MDT) at Kino Stadium and will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, including ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com. Partners for the game include the Tucson Conquistadores, a charitable organization that supports youth in athletic programs throughout southern Arizona.
"It really has been an honor to be selected for this game," Caprioglio said Wednesday night from Tucson. "There are so many good players here and to even be in the conversation for this game is exciting, yet humbling. This whole week is quite the experience and has been a lot of fun and hard work."
Caprioglio (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) started 10 of the Rams' 12 games at left tackle in his comeback season from a knee injury that wiped out most of his junior year of 2011. He was a steady performer on an offensive line that reduced its sacks allowed to 1.0 per game over the final five contests of 2012, after allowing an average of 3.6 in the first seven games. With Caprioglio anchoring the left side of the line the Rams averaged 161.5 rushing yards per game over the season's final six games, up from 96.2 over the first six games.
"It is really exciting to see all of my teammates wearing the helmets of their respective schools and see just how much of the country is represented," Caprioglio added. "It is an honor and I am blessed to be chosen to represent CSU in this game."
In 2012 Caprioglio also helped the Rams pave the way for two different running backs to string together five consecutive games with at least one back topping the 100-yard rushing mark to close the season. He was chosen to be a game captain for Colorado State's clashes versus Fresno State (Oct. 6) and at Wyoming (Nov. 3).
"All of our players are legitimate NFL prospects," said Joe Dan Rogers, Executive Director of the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, in a press release. "We are thrilled to have players from the top college football programs in the country and there are even more commitments to come."
The second annual Casino Del Sol All-Star Game is a post-season football exhibition game for seniors who are eligible of the NFL draft. Participants can showcase their talents to scouts of the NFL, CFL and Arena teams. Last year's roster had six players who were NFL draft picks and 61 who earned invitations to NFL training camps. For more information on the game please visit the official website.
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