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Jan. 16, 2003

Charlottesville, Va. – Linebacker Angelo Crowell, safety Jerton Evans and linebacker Merrill Robertson are participating in several postseason all-star games in the upcoming weeks.

Crowell has been selected to play for the North squad in the Senior Bowl this Saturday (Jan. 18) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game begins at 2 p.m. (EST) and is being televised nationally on ESPN.

A first-team All-ACC selection this season, Crowell set a school record with 155 tackles and finished sixth in the ACC in tackling with an average of 11.1 stops per game. He finished his career third in school history with 420 tackles. He made 14 tackles in UVa’s 48-22 win over West Virginia in the inaugural Continental Tire Bowl last month, the ninth time he led the team in tackling this season.

Evans is playing for Team USA against Team Florida, a collection of Florida natives and athletes who played collegiately in Florida, in the Rotary Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 25. The fifth annual game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and kicks off at 2:00 p.m.

A ferocious hitter with a linebacker’s penchant for getting physical, Evans was in on a career-high 116 tackles this season, the most in school history by a defensive back. He was a second-team All-ACC selection this season and was third in tackling among ACC defensive backs. Evans is second in school history in tackles by a defensive back with 293, trailing only Anthony Poindexter (342).

Robertson is on the South roster for the Hula Bowl Maui at War Memorial Stadium in Kahului on the island of Maui in Hawaii on Feb. 1. The game is being televised by ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. (EST).

He showed what he can do when healthy and had by far the best season of his career as a senior this season. He finished the season with 122 tackles, 40 more than his career total coming into the season, and tied for 10th in the ACC in tackling (8.7/g). A very underrated player, he proved to be one of the team’s defensive leaders throughout the season. Robertson moved from his normal inside linebacker position to an outside spot for the final four games of the season and helped UVa post three wins over ranked teams in that time.

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