The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl announced on Friday that Wisconsin Badgers senior wide receiver Robert Wheelwright will participate in the college postseason all-star game, which will be held on Jan. 21, 2017, at the StubHub Center on the campus of CSU-Dominguez Hills.
Billed as the “premier postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players,” the Collegiate Bowl not only serves as a football exhibition for players looking to build their profiles for the next level, but also focuses on programming to prepare players for “the business of the National Football League.” Former NFL coaches Mike Martz and Jim Zorn will lead the National and American teams, respectively.
Excited to have @Rob_wheels of @BadgerFootball compete in the 2017 #NFLPABowl. See you in L.A.! https://t.co/nL3COMeEC8 pic.twitter.com/LCHvFDyscN— The Collegiate Bowl (@NFLPABowl) December 2, 2016
Former Wisconsin outside linebacker Jesse Hayes was a participant last year, while Wisconsin-Whitewater wide receiver Jake Kumerow played in 2015. Another former Badgers player, tight end Brian Wozniak, participated in the 2014 edition.
After missing four games last season with a broken leg, Wheelwright bounced back nicely in 2016, playing in twelve games for the Badgers. Heading into the Big Ten Championship game, the Columbus, Ohio, native currently is third on the team in receptions with 33 for 436 yards and one touchdown.
Wheelwright is currently projected as the 78th wide receiver in the CBSSports.com Draft prospect rankings.