Messina To Play in All-Star Football Game
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/10/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 10, 2012

Albuquerque, N. M. --- Former University of New Mexico football player Carmen Messina has been selected to play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday.

The second annual game, known last year as the Eastham Energy All-Star Game, will match the Stars (East) against the Stripes (West) at 6 p.m. at Kino Stadium.

This year's list of players includes LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee, Colorado running back Rodney Stewart and San Diego State defensive tackle Jerome Long.

Messina, a starting linebacker for the Lobos for three seasons, and the rest of the players flew to Tucson on Tuesday and will practice this week in front of professional scouts.

"It's a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills against some of the best players in the country," Messina said. "I'm happy to be able to represent the University of New Mexico."

Messina was a two-time first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2010 and 2012 and he left UNM as the third leading tackler in school history as well as the all-time leader in the MW with 454 career stops.

He has been training back home in Addison, Ill., in hopes of impressing NFL scouts and finding a professional football home next season.

"This week is really important for me," the 6-foot-2, 236-pound Messina said. "I can't take any repetition or waste any repetition this week during practice. I have to do as much as I can with every opportunity I have."

After the game, Messina will train for UNM's Pro Day at a facility in Atlanta.