Special to RattleandHumSports.com

smu-logoThe NFL Players Association has announced that SMU’s Taylor Reed has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Reed was a team captain for the Mustangs’ Hawai’i Bowl win over Fresno State. He recorded nine solo tackles in the win, including three for-loss. The 2012 All-Conference USA second-team selection also returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and notched a sack for the stout SMU defense.

Reed notched 97 stops on the year, leading the Mustangs in tackles for the third straight season.

Reed is just one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.