Pettis to Participate in All-Star Football Challenge

BOISE, Idaho - Former Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis is set to take his talents to the national stage, Friday (Feb. 4), as he is one of 12 players invited to compete in the 13th annual All-Star Football Challenge at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas.

Pettis will be just the second Boise State football player to compete in The All-Star Football Challenge; joining former Bronco quarterback Jared Zabransky who participated in the 2007 event.

The All-Star Football Challenge will air on ESPN2 from 7-9 p.m. (EST), Friday. It will also re-air three times over the following week: 11:30 p.m. (EST), Feb. 5, on ESPN2; 4 p.m. (EST), Feb. 6, on ESPN2; and 4:30 p.m. (EST), Feb. 13, on ESPN.

Pettis concluded his career at Boise State as the school's all-time leader in receptions (229) and touchdown catches (39). The two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection also ranks second on the school's all-time receiving yards list with 2,838 for his career. As a senior in 2010, Pettis reeled in 71 catches for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Pettis will join former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and former Connecticut running back Jordan Todman in the wide receiver/running back portion of the All-Star Challenge. The individual skills challenges are: Skechers Quarterback Accuracy Competition, State Farm Wide Receiver Hands Competition, U.S. Marines Linebacker Obstacle Course and the Lineman Strength Challenge. 

Participants will then be divided into Offensive and Defensive Team Competitions.  To conclude the program, the players will be divided into two teams for a final Full Team Competition.

The 2011 All-Star Football Challenge competitors include:


Andy Dalton, TCU

Jake Locker, Washington

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Running Backs/Wide Receivers:

Julio Jones, Alabama

Austin Pettis, Boise State

Jordan Todman, Connecticut


Ross Homan, Ohio State

Von Miller, Texas A&M

Kelvin Sheppard, LSU

Defensive Linemen:

Sam Acho, Texas

Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

Corey Liuget, Illinois

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