LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky stars Danny Trevathan and Ryan Tydlacka have been chosen to play in the Players All-Star Classic on Saturday, Feb. 4, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark.
The game, which is in its first year, will pit the North against the South. The North will be coached by former National Football League coach Martin Bayless, while the South will be coached by Kurt Schottenheimer. Both Trevathan and Tydlacka will play on the South team.
Players are going through a week of practice and other activities in front of NFL scouts. Complete schedule of events and rosters can be found at playersallstarclassic.com.
A native of Leesburg, Fla., Trevathan made 143 tackles during the 2011 season for the Wildcats, leading the Southeastern Conference in tackles for the second-consecutive season. Trevathan ranked fifth in the nation in tackles with an 11.92 average per game and led the nation's linebackers in fumbles forced (five), while ranking second among the nation's linebackers in interceptions with four. Trevathan finished the season with 11.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, five pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.
Trevathan ended his UK career ranked 10th all-time on Kentucky's career tackle list with a total of 374 stops. The All-American had a total of 20 games with double-figure tackles in his career, including a career-high 17 tackles in 2010 against Auburn, the eventual national champion, and also against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia.
Tydlacka, a native of Louisville, Ky., ranked fourth in the SEC by averaging 43.6 yards per punt in 2011. His outstanding hangtime and punt placement helped UK rank second in the league last season in net punting with 39.6 net yards per punt.
Tydlacka had 20 punts of at least 50 yards, leading the SEC in that category, and he also placed 19 punts within the 20-yard line.
Tydlacka was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week in his final game as a Wildcat, the 10-7 win over Tennessee. With field position at a premium for that game, Tydlacka kept Tennessee backed up all day long, as the Volunteers did not begin a drive outside their 30-yard line the entire game. He punted nine times that day for a 43.6-yard average and his placement and hangtime did not allow UT to return a punt.