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Casey Jones To Play In Hula Bowl

Jan. 7, 1997

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech senior offensive guard Casey Jones has been selected to play in the 1997 Hula Bowl all-star game, scheduled for Sunday, January 19 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The game, which will be broadcast live by ESPN and Mutual Radio, features the top graduated seniors players from across the nation in a North-South all-star format. Jones will be a member of the South team that will be coached by Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

Jones, a 6-5, 283-pound health major from Shepherd, Texas, started at offensive tackle for the Red Raiders in the recent Builders Square Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. He started only one other game this season, his final home appearance against Southwestern Louisiana, at left guard and scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter of the 56-21 win.

Penciled in as one of the top offensive linemen in the Big 12 prior to the season, Jones mmissed the first six games of the year due to an appeal of his academic eligibility to the NCAA. He received a temprary restraining order and, later, a temporary injunction to be able to play prior to the Nebraska contest and saw action in each of the final six games of the year.

Jones is the 19th Red Raider to play in the Hula Bowl. Last season, All-Americas Zach Thomas and Marcus Coleman participated in the game.

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