By Stephen Tsai
Former UH quarterback Sean Schroeder has been invited to compete in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
With an assist from UH coach Norm Chow, Schroeder received the invitation this past weekend.
"Obviously, he has a lot of connections in the NFL," Schroeder said. "He called over there, too, I know, and that obviously helped out quite a bit."
The NFL Players Association and ESPN sponsor the game. Practices tomorrow through Thursday will be shown on ESPNU. The game will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 1 p.m. Hawaii time.
Schroeder will be reunited with wideout Chris Gant, who also will play for the American team. Dennis Green is the squad's head coach. Mike Kruczek, a former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback, is the offensive coordinator. Kruczek is UMass' OC, and he was a point recruiter for the Minutemen when Schroeder decided to transfer from Duke in June 2012.
"I got to meet with him, going through the whole process," Schroeder said of Kruczek. "He's a real good guy, a really good coach as well."
Schroeder said this is an opportunity to represent the UH program.
Despite starting only eight games this past season, Schroeder threw for 2,960 yards and 28 touchdowns. UH ranked 19th nationally in passing offense at 301.4 yards per game.
"It's a credit to my teammates around me, credit to my receivers, the offensive line, the running backs and the coaching staff, as well," Schroeder said.