TERRE HAUTE, IND. - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior linebacker Matt Green (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and head coach Jeff Sokol will represent the United States in the third annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) this Saturday in Mexico.
Sokol will serve as the defensive line coach on a staff led by head coach Bill Manlove. The NCAA Division III all-star team consists of 54 players from 29 programs for Team Stars & Stripes in their matchup with the CONADEIP All Stars from Mexico.
The contest is set for December 17 at the 5,000-seat El Tempo del Dolor (The Temple of Pain) in Puebla at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Green was a two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Week and tallied a team-high 94 tackles and added 10.5 tackles-for-loss this season. His career totals included 189 tackles, and he became the first Fightin' Engineer with 20 tackles in a game since 1987 with his performance against Mount St. Joseph.
Sokol compiled a 5-5 record in his first season at Rose-Hulman this fall, including a 5-3 mark for second place in the HCAC standings. The team also earned the Battle of the Borders Broadsword for the 11th straight year.
Players from the following colleges will be represented on the Team Stars & Stripes roster: Amherst College, Augustana, California Lutheran University, Castleton State, Central, Centre College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripts Colleges, Cornell College, Dickinson College, Fitchburg State University, Grinnell, Grove City College, Hanover College, John Carroll University, Loras, Ohio Northern University, Rockford College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Simpson College, St. Vincent College, Susquehanna University, Thomas More College, Trinity University, UW/Stevens Point, Wartburg College, Willamette University and Wooster.
The Tazón de Estrellas and its forerunner the Aztec Bowl have produced a series of exciting games and established a fierce but friendly rivalry between the American team drawn from D-III all-stars and their counterparts selected from the CONADEIP national conference of private schools in Mexico.
The 2011 edition of Team Stars & Stripes arrived in Puebla on Sunday and after two-a-day practices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, will have an opportunity to mix lighter practices with an opportunity to explore the local region.
Last year Team Stars and Stripes triumphed 48-7 in Toluca, having suffered a 24-12 loss to the Tec Monterrey All-Stars in the first Tazón de Estrellas in 2009.