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WSU’s Pole to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

WSU’s Kalafitoni Pole bear hugs Daquawn Brown after the Cougars recovered a fumble near Cal’s goal line.
WSU’s Kalafitoni Pole bear hugs Daquawn Brown after the Cougars recovered a fumble near Cal’s goal line.

(WSU's Kalafitoni Pole (No. 98) celebrates with teammates after a big play.)

Washington State defensive lineman Kalafitoni Pole will play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game, hosted by the NFL Players Association, provides a showcase for draft-eligible seniors to compete in front of NFL scouts on Saturday, Jan. 17. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and practices leading up to the game will be broadcasted live on ESPNU.

The full press release from the NFLPA is after the jump.


The NFL Players Association is proud to announce defensive lineman Kalafitoni (Toni) Pole of Washington State has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

A core part of WSU’s defense, Pole had several memorable big plays during his Cougar career.  In the 2012 Apple Cup, he intercepted Washington quarterback Keith Price on the first play of overtime. Pole returned it 60 yards, almost for a touchdown, to set up the game-winning field goal. In WSU’s win over No. 25 USC in 2013, Pole blocked a Trojan field goal attempt. The final score of that game was 10-7. That year, in addition to the block, the 6-1, 301-pound lineman racked up 28 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks and forced one fumble.

The Union City, California native is one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 17 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15.

For player confirmations and other news surrounding the game, follow us on Twitter (@NFLPABowl), Instagram (NFLPABowl), Facebook ( and Google+ (

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Visit the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl site for a full list of the teams’ assistant coaches.

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Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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