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|Monmouth College's Wells Picked to Play in All-Star Game
|Monmouth College's three-time all-conference senior safety Sean Wells has one last chance to play football in a competitive setting.
Last week, Wells was named to the roster of the 14th Annual All-American Bowl College All-Star Game, which will be played March 27th in Charleston, West Virginia. The contest brings together the nation's top seniors in Divisions II and III, as well as selected free agents.
"I'm really excited to play football one more time and have the chance to represent Monmouth College," said Wells. "I'm fortunate to be able to play another game. Being a Fighting Scot has taught me a lot about being part of a winning tradition and playing in a great team atmosphere."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wells will be in a totally different atmosphere this weekend. An entire preseason will be crammed into just two days of preparation. Three practices and a scouting combine will be included in activities Thursday and Friday.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving to test his skills against some of the best players in the nation," said Scots' coach Steve Bell. "This is a very deserving honor for Sean. He was the catalyst for our defensive unit last fall. He is a very hard worker and will make a fine representative for not only Monmouth College, but the entire Midwest Conference."
The All-Star game will briefly interrupt Wells' last outdoor track season. The game is to be played on the same day as Monmouth's outdoor track and field opener.
"I spoke with Coach (Roger) Haynes about it," reported Wells. "He said he had no problem with it as long as I come back in one piece."
The All-American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting and to fill the void of the lack of all star games available to athletes in Divisions II and III and minor league football. The game also gives athletes the potential to be scouted by professional football teams.
Participants in the All-American Bowls have been nominated for their outstanding performances throughout their season and their career. Notable alumni of the game include Maurice Hicks of Montgomery College, who signed with the Chicago Bears and went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, and Minnesota Vikings and Marshall University's Chris Hanson, who has spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots.
(Submitted by Monmouth College Athletics)