Dane Brugler of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that Georgia offensive tackle Tyler Catalina and Appalachian State linebacker Kennan Gilchrist headline a group of players that have been invited to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The NFLPA Bowl is one of many postseason bowl games that pits future NFL Draft hopefuls against each other. The game, which was founded in 2012, is a weeklong experience that helps players begin to get acclimated to the ways of the professional game on and off the field. It serves as a way for the players to showcase themselves not only to fans, but to NFL executives, scouts and coaches.
All 32 NFL teams, as well as scouts from other professional leagues, will be in attendance.
Catalina is a graduate transfer playing his first season at Georgia after playing previously at Rhode Island. He played right tackle as a freshman for the Rams before shifting to the left side for his sophomore and junior campaigns. Listed at 6-6 and 314 pounds, Catalina entered camp as the Bulldogs’ third tackle, but played so well during the preseason that the coaching staff decided to slide Isaiah Wynn to left guard and install Catalina as the starting left tackle.
Gilchrist has earned postseason accolades for his play after two of his first three seasons at outside linebacker for Appalachian State. He started all 13 games for the Mountaineers last season and ranked fifth on the team with 47 tackles. The senior has already surpassed that total through just seven games so far this season (52) to go along with one sack and one forced fumble.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will take place on January 21, 2017, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.