Higgins, Woods To Represent LA Tech in Postseason All-Star Games

Jan. 20, 2017

RUSTON, La. - A pair of Bulldogs are getting set to compete in two postseason college football all-star games this weekend with Xavier Woods and Ryan Higgins scheduled to suit up and represent Louisiana Tech on the gridiron one final time.

After a stellar four-year career with the Bulldogs, Woods will play in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game as the safety will be featured on the East Team roster. Kickoff for the East-West Shrine Game is set for 2 p.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be broadcast live on NFL Network. Fans can also tune in to Sirius XM NFL Channel 88 to hear all the action from the game.

The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. Woods’ East Team squad will be coached by Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner and feature some of the nation’s top college football players. From last year’s East-West Shrine Game, more than 100 players were drafted into the NFL or signed as free agents.

Woods ended his senior season ranked first in Conference USA and 13th in the nation with five interceptions, while the West Monroe native wrapped up his collegiate career tied for fourth in FBS among active career leaders with 14 interceptions as a Bulldog. He was named first team all-conference this season as well as being selected to the C-USA All-Academic Team for the third consecutive season. Woods ranked second on the team this season with 89 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, while also recording three sacks and forcing a fumble.

Higgins, who was voted the 2016 Conference USA MVP, will be in action on the West Coast with the senior quarterback competing as part of the American Team roster in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The postseason all-star game is set for a 3:15 p.m. CT kickoff Saturday at the StubHub Center and can be seen live on FS1.

 

 

In his final season with the Bulldogs, Higgins broke the school record for total offense with 4,894 yards in 2016, passing his quarterback coach Tim Rattay who previously held the record with 4,865 total yards of offense in 1998. Higgins also made a name for himself on the national level after ending the season ranked in the top five in FBS in passing yards (2nd – 4,617), total offense (3rd – 376.5), passing touchdowns (3rd – 41) and passing yards per game (3rd – 355.2). Higgins was also named Offensive Player of the Year for the state of Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association following the 2016 season.

Both Higgins and Woods helped lead Louisiana Tech to its third consecutive 9-win season and bowl win after the Bulldogs defeated No. 25-ranked Navy, 48-45, in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth.

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