Six Broncos To Play In All-Star Games
Jan. 14, 2016

BOISE, Idaho -- Six Boise State football players will play their final contests as collegians over the next three weeks, as safety Darian Thompson (Reese's Senior Bowl), center Marcus Henry (East-West Shrine Game), cornerback Donte Deayon (NFLPA Collegiate Bowl), safety Mercy Maston (Tropic Bowl), defensive end Rondell McNair (Tropic Bowl) and wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes (Tropic Bowl) are slated to participate in end-of-season senior all-star games.

Maston and Williams-Rhodes will be the first in action, playing for the National team at the 2016 Tropic Bowl this Sunday (Jan. 17) at 11 a.m. MT. The game, taking place at North Miami Athletic Stadium in North Miami Beach, will not be televised or streamed.

Williams-Rhodes finished his Boise State career second on the school's all-time receptions list with 233, just 11 back of all-time leader Matt Miller (244). This season, Williams-Rhodes, a preseason candidate for the Paul Hornung Award, caught 63 passes for 524 yards and rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown despite missing two games to injury.

Maston, meanwhile, appeared in 25 games over two seasons (2013, 2015). He began his career in 2013 by making 44 tackles (28 solo) before missing the 2014 season to injury. He returned in 2015, recording 27 tackles (19 solo) and an interception, which he returned 25 yards for the touchdown at Virginia on Sept. 26.

McNair spent two seasons at Boise State, recording 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss over eight games in 2014 before being limited by injury to just three contests in 2015. He was a first-team all-conference and all-region pick at Contra Costa College (2011-13) prior to joining the Broncos.

Henry, a two-time selection to the All-Mountain West First Team, accepted an invitation to the 91st East-West Shrine Game, and will be in action Saturday, Jan. 23, playing for the West squad. The East-West Shrine Game is set for a 2 p.m. MT kickoff at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised live on NFL Network.

The Bronco center continues a stout lineage of Boise State football alumni playing in the historic contest since wide receiver Don Hutt became the first alumnus to participate, in 1973. Boise State's most recent participant in the East-West Shrine Game before Henry was offensive lineman Charles Leno, Jr., in 2013.

Deayon will also be in action Jan. 23 as he plays in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the StubHub Center on Carson, Calif. The contest will be televised on ESPN2 with kickoff set for 4 p.m. MT.

The Southern California native finished his career as a three-time pick for the All-MW Second Team, and with 17 interceptions, third-best in Mountain West history and fifth all-time at Boise State. In 2015 he picked off four passes, knocked down seven, and made 38 tackles (27 solo) despite missing three games to injury.

Thompson, the Mountain West's all-time interceptions leader and a two-time All-American (2014-15), accepted an invite in November to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 30, in Mobile, Ala. The North and South rosters will be announced Friday, Jan. 22, with the coaching staff of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys coaching the North side and the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars running the operation for the South squad.

Thompson will be the ninth Bronco to play in the Senior Bowl, joining a lofty group that includes current and former NFL standouts in Kyle Wilson (2009), Austin Pettis and Titus Young (2010), Doug Martin, Shea McClellin, Kellen Moore and Billy Winn (2011) and Jamar Taylor (2012). The game will be televised on NFL Network and is set to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. MT.


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