Five to Play in Football All-Star Games
Dec. 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - A trio of graduating NC State seniors have committed to play in football all-star games in early 2014. Defensive back Dontae Johnson will play in the Senior Bowl, linebacker Robert Caldwell will play in The College All Star Bowl, and defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop, wide receiver Quintin Payton and tight end Asa Watson will all play in the Medal of Honor Bowl
Johnson led the Pack with three interceptions this past season, and was second on the team with a career-best 82 tackles. He started the first five games at cornerback, but due to Pack injuries, he started the last seven games at safety. Over his last two seasons, Johnson started all 25 games in the Pack's secondary.
Caldwell was the Pack's leading tackler this past season, as his 105 tackles were the fifth-most in the ACC. He also tallied a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss in his first season as a starter, the 11th-most in a single season in the NC State record books.
Payton tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions on the season. He finished with 23 catches for 481 yards, including 289 receiving yards over the final four games. Cato-Bishop was limited to nine games due to injury, and finished with 24 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss. Watson started five games at tight end, catching three passes for 41 yards.
The 2014 Senior Bowl will be held Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala., televised on the NFL Network. The College All Star Bowl will be aired nationwide on the CBS Sports Network on Feb. 14 at Furman University's Paladin Stadium. The Medal of Honor Bowl will be held January 11 at The Citadel.