Howard, McPhearson Part of NFLPA Bowl Program

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech seniors Eli Howard and Zech McPhearson have been selected to participate in a virtual experience through the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that prepares players for the 2021 NFL Draft.
 
This is the third All-Star game selection for McPhearson, who will play in the Hula Bowl on Jan. 31 and also take part in a similar virtual program through the East-West Shrine Game. Howard has now been selected for two similar postseason designations as he is set to attend the College Gridiron Showcase and Symposium scheduled to begin this weekend in Fort Worth.
 
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl announced in November the cancelation of its annual game due to COVID-19 precautions. The virtual experience will allow draft prospects the opportunity to interact with NFL club personnel as well as NFLPA stakeholders and broadcast partners throughout this week.
 
McPhearson, an All-Big 12 first team selection this past season, was among the top defensive backs in the country this season as he ranked eighth nationally with four interceptions and tied for 12th with a pair of fumble recoveries. He shared the Big 12 high for fumble recoveries and ranked third overall for interceptions as he was one of four FBS players to record at least four interceptions and two fumble recoveries overall.
 
Howard, meanwhile, totaled 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks in only six games during his final season as a Red Raider. Despite missing the final four games due to injury, Howard maintained to leave his name in the Tech record book as his 16.5 career sacks rank ninth all-time in program history. He made 101 tackles over his four-year career, including 21.5 that went for a loss.
 
McPhearson and Howard both declared for the 2021 NFL Draft in December, foregoing their final year of eligibility in the process. They will look to hear their name called when the NFL Draft runs April 29-May 1.
 

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