Dec. 17, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31 will not be the last game in a Cougar uniform for both Mark Hafner and Phillip Hunt, as both were selected on Wednesday to participate in the East-West Shrine Game on January 17, 2009.
The game will be played on the University of Houston campus at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.
Hafner etched his name into the Houston record books as well, setting tight end records with his 85 receptions for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. Twice named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week, Hafner finished the regular season in the nation's Top 10 in receptions by a tight end and receptions per game. He was named to the Conference USA Second Team in 2008.
Hunt was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year last week, and is a two-time All-C-USA First-Teamer. Hunt leads Conference USA and ranks fourth nationally with 12 sacks, all solo. He is third in the league lead in tackles for loss with 16.5, totaling 110 lost yards. Hunt has posted 40 total tackles, forced a team-high three fumbles (second in C-USA), broke up one pass and blocked a field goal attempt.
Hunt was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after recording three sacks in the Cougars' 44-38 win at SMU.
Hafner and Hunt become the 20th and 21st Houston players to take part in the prestigious All-Star game. Last season, former UH running back Anthony Alridge participated in the game.