Fordham's Higgins and Morrison to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Fordham's Ryan Higgins

Jan. 18, 2013

From Fordham Athletic Communications

BRONX, N.Y. - The NFL Players Association has announced that Fordham University seniors Ryan Higgins and Lloyd Morrison have committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Higgins, a 6'3, 210-pound quarterback, and Morrison, a 6'3, 300-pound offensive lineman, will be two of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU also aired live broadcasts from practices on Thursday, January 17.

Higgins, a two-year starter, completed 255 of 387 passes this fall for 2,940 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 255 completions is the second best single season total in Fordham history, behind only John Skelton's 284 completion in 2009, while the 2,940 passing yards is fourth best.

In the NCAA FCS rankings, Higgins ranked 15th in completions per game (23.18), 16th in passing yards/game (267.27), 19th in total passing yards and 26th in total offense (257.00 yards/game). In the Patriot League, Higgins ranked second in passing yards/game and third in passing efficiency and total offense.

Over his career, Higgins completed 488 of 745 passes for 5,393 yards and 23 touchdowns. He graduates third on the Fordham career completions list and fourth in career passing yards, just behind current head coach Joe Moorhead in each of those categories.

Morrison, who will be playing in his second all-star game this month after he appeared in the 2013 Casino Del Sol All-Star Game on January 11, is a three-year starter on the Fordham offensive line, starting all eleven games at left guard for the Rams in 2012. He helped the Fordham offense average 435.7 yards/game, second best in the Patriot League and 20th best in the NCAA FCS while the Rams scored 31.2 ppg, second in the league and 31st in the NCAA FCS. The Rams also had the second ranked passing offense in the Patriot League in 2012, averaging 279.6 yards/game, 18th best in the NCAA FCS.

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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 Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.