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January 10, 2013

Recognition for TU Football

For the second time in the last three seasons, the Tulsa football team finished the year ranked among the nation's top-25, and the Hurricane is sending two seniors to an all-star game this weekend.

Tulsa is ranked 25th with 110 points in the final FBS Coaches' poll. The Hurricane finished the season on December 31st with a 31-17 victory over Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. TU also won the Conference USA West Division title and beat UCF in the C-USA Championship Game.

Tulsa finished the season with an 11-3 record, which ties the school mark for most wins in a season. Tulsa has won 10 or more games four times in the last six years.

It is the 12th time in school history that Tulsa finished the season ranked among the nation's top-25. The Hurricane ended the 2010 season ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll.

Tulsa seniors Derrick Jackson and Dexter McCoil will play in this Friday's Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, which kicks off at 8 pm CST in Tucson, Arizona. The duo will play on the East Team.

Jackson, a 6-2, 294-pound defensive tackle, played in 47 games and had 29 starts in his career. He earned honorable mention all-Conference USA honors this past season after amassing 41 tackles and eight sacks. In the Liberty Bowl, he was credited with four tackles, two of them were solos and one sack for -5 yards. Jackson finished his career with 90 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss.

McCoil, a 6-4, 222-pound safety, played in 51 career games and had 44 career starts. He was named a 2012 Conference USA first team selection and was one of the 15 finalists for the Jim Thorpe award.

This season, McCoil had a total of 91 tackles, including 59 solos and added five interceptions. He completed his career with a school record 18 interceptions, also tying the Conference USA all-time record. He also finished with 316 career tackles and 25 pass break-ups.

The second annual Casino Del Sol All-Star Game is a post-season football exhibition game for seniors who are eligible of the draft. The game allows the athletes to showcase their talents to the scouts of the NFL, CFL, and Arena teams. Last year's roster had six players that were NFL draft picks and 61 players were invited to NFL training camps. Last year, Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne and offensive tackle Tyler Holmes were participants in the game.

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