USC senior tight end Randall Telfer and senior rush end J.R. Tavai have accepted invitations to play in the NFL Players' Association Collegiate Bowl. The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is one of a handful of showcase games for senior players. It will be held at the StubHub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center) in Carson, Calif. next Saturday at 1 p.m. PST.
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Telfer finished the season with 21 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns despite often having to stay in to help a young offensive line provide protection rather than getting out in pass routes.
The 6'4", 260-pound tight end hails from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Tavai, 6'2", 250 pounds, finished with 53 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss -- second best on the team -- even though he missed part of the season with a knee injury. The Mira Costa HS product also was tied with Leonard Williams for the team lead with seven sacks and three forced fumbles. Tavai also recovered one.
The USC seniors will see some familiar faces since there are 20 Pac-12 players involved this year, including two UCLA Bruins (Malcolm Bunche and Anthony Jefferson). The pair of seniors will also have an opportunity to work with some former NFL personnel along with the receiving instruction from American head coach Mike Holmgren.
Telfer will also work with offensive coordinator Gil Haskell and tight ends coach Bill Khayat while Tavai will receive tutelage from defensive coordinator Jim Lind as well as linebackers coach Larry Macduff.
Former Trojan safety Demetrius Wright participated in last year's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and later signed with the Miami Dophins as an undrafted free agent.