Just days before its kickoff, the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl announced Wednesday that former Montana linebacker Jeremiah Kose has been added to the roster.
Kose will join dozens of other professional football hopefuls in the all-star game for NFL draft eligible players to be played this Saturday in Carson, California. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Mountain Time at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills.
The game is set to air live on ESPN2.
The 6-foot-2, 225 pound middle linebacker from Oceanside, California, is the second Griz from the 2015 Montana squad to earn an invite to a post-collegiate all-star game. In December, defensive end and FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Tyrone Holmes accepted a spot in the East-West Shrine Game, which will also be played Saturday at St. Petersburg Florida.
The Shrine Game, now in its 91st year, will air on NFL Network at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.
Practices for the NFLPA Bowl, now in its fourth playing, began on Monday of this week. Thursday's final open practice will be broadcast live on ESPNU and online through WatchESPN.com beginning at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time. Along with on-field practices, participants also receive an in-depth introduction to the players' union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
Kose, who will play for the National team in the NFLPA Bowl, was Montana's second-leading tackler in each of the past two seasons with 117 and 123 stops, respectively. As a redshirt senior last fall, he added three sacks, seven tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Notable teammates of Kose's at the NFLPA Bowl include fellow Big Sky Confernce representatives like Montana State tight end Beau Sandland and Southern Utah quarterback Ammon Olsen. The American team features quarterback Josh Woodrum of Liberty, who gashed the Griz for 260 yards and two scores last September.
Coaches for the bowl game are former NFL head coaches Mike Martz on the National side and Mike Holmgren for the American team.
The 2016 game marks the third straight year that Montana has had a representative attend. Defensive end Zack Wagenmann played in last year's NFLPA Bowl and linebacker Brock Coyle was tabbed for the one before that.
Both men are currently under NFL contracts – Wagenmann with the Arizona Cardinals and Coyle with the Seattle Seahawks – after signing free agent deals out of college.