Jan. 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. - Former Cal running back Isi Sofele has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl scheduled for this Saturday, January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT, with the game scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 and available online at WatchESPN.com.
ESPNU, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com will also televise live broadcasts from practices at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT, on Thursday, Jan. 17. The practices will also run tape-delayed on WatchESPN.com at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 and 12:00 p.m. PT Midnight on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Tickets for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are on sale now online at collegiate.nflpa.com.
Sofele will be playing in his second college all-star game this year after rushing for a team-high 64 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run, on 11 carries as a member of the winning West squad in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game last Friday at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Sofele won the Cal Football Bear Backers MVP Award on the offensive side of the ball as a 2012 senior for the Golden Bears when he second on the club with 757 rushing yards on a team-high 146 carries, with his rushing yardage trailing team leader C.J. Anderson by only 33 yards. He played in all 12 games with eight starts and also co-led the team along with Anderson with four rushing scores while pacing the Bears in rushing five times as did Anderson. Sofele averaged 63.1 rushing yards per game to rank 11th in the Pac-12. He added seven catches for 67 yards and one kick return for 12 for a total of 836 all purpose yards to rank fourth on the squad. Sofele played in all 50 games possible with 23 starts over his four seasons at Cal, finishing with 2,499 career rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground to rank only five yards and one score outside the school's all-time top-10 list in each category. His nine 100-yard rushing games are 10th on the school's all-time list. Sofele finished his career with 3,133 all purpose yards, with the addition of 480 yards on 24 kick returns and 154 yards on 21 receptions.
His 102 career points included his 15 rushing scores and an additional two receiving touchdowns.
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. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Hank Baskett, Terrell Davis, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
Other former Cal players to have played in college all-star games this year include Josh Hill and Aaron Tipoti also at the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game. Marc Anthony and Brian Schwenke have accepted invitations to play at the Senior Bowl on January 26.