OU Trio to Represent Big 12 in All-Star Challenge

Mike Houck
By Mike Houck
Assistant A.D. / Strategic Communications

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will have the most representation at the 2018 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge that will air Friday on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT.

Tight end Mark Andrews, offensive lineman Orlando Brown and defensive end/outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo will take part in an event that will feature 24 of college football's brightest stars. The players will be divided into six teams based on their college conference, with each team consisting of four players from the same league who will compete for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions.

Andrews, Brown and Okoronkwo, who were all 2017 first-team All-Americans, will be joined on Team Big 12 by Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek for the competition that takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The other conferences that will be represented are the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. A sixth "Wild Card" team will consist of four of the best players outside of the Power Five conferences.

Besides Oklahoma, only LSU and Ohio State (two each) boast more than one competitor.

Each player will individually participate in a timed event, and then finish with a full team event. Events will all be timed and have individual winners that will compile into a cumulative score to determine the winning team. For example, the quarterbacks from each team will all compete against each other to win their competition. But ultimately, their time will be added to the times of the other competitors on their conference designated team to have a final team score.

Individual events in the 2018 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge include: the State Farm QB Accuracy Competition, the Edward Jones Hands Competition, the Samsung Lineman Strength Challenge and the Mercedes-Benz Obstacle Course. To conclude the program, the players will compete as teams in the State Farm Team Competition.

Last year, Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook competed in the All-Star Football Challenge, with Perine winning the obstacle course (26.5 seconds) and Westbrook winning the hands competition (16.1 seconds).

The event will air again April 14 (2 p.m. CT on ESPN), April 16 (10 p.m. CT on ESPN2) and April 22 (10 a.m. CT on ESPN2).

The following players will participate in the 2018 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge:

Team ACC
Kurt Benkert — QB, Virginia
Tremaine Edmunds — LB, Virginia Tech
Bradley Chubb — DE, NC State
Derwin James — S, Florida State

Team Big 12
Nic Shimonek — QB, Texas Tech
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo — DE/OLB, Oklahoma
Orlando Brown — OT, Oklahoma
Mark Andrews — TE, Oklahoma

Team Big Ten
J.T. Barrett — QB, Ohio State
Jerome Baker — LB, Ohio State
Sean Welsh — G, Iowa
Joshua Jackson — CB, Iowa

Team Pac-12
Josh Rosen — QB, UCLA
Uchenna Nwosu — LB, USC
Vita Vea — DT, Washington
Isaiah Oliver — CB, Colorado

Team SEC
Danny Etling — QB, Louisiana State
Bo Scarbrough — RB, Alabama
Arden Key — DE, Louisiana State
Armani Watts — S, Texas A&M

Team "Wild Card"
Logan Woodside — QB, Toledo
Marcus Davenport — DE, UTSA
Will Hernandez — OG, UTEP
Cedric Wilson — WR, Boise State