Ben Bartholomew, Zach Rogers, Prentiss Waggner invited to All-Star Classic

Tennessee senior fullback Ben Bartholomew (39) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the 'T' one last time at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee senior fullback Ben Bartholomew (39) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the "T" one last time at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee defensive back Prentiss Waggner (23) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the 'T' one last time before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee defensive back Prentiss Waggner (23) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the "T" one last time before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee senior wide receiver Zach Rogers (83) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the 'T' one last time before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee senior wide receiver Zach Rogers (83) is congratulated by interim head coach Jim Chaney as he runs through the "T" one last time before the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Three Tennessee seniors have been invited to the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic.

Fullback Ben Bartholomew, receiver Zach Rogers and defensive back Prentiss Waggner accepted invitations to first edition of the new all-star game, Tennessee announced today.

The game is Jan. 19 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., and will be televised by CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. The now-defunct Blue-Gray Classic was played at the Cramton Bowl for much of its 60-year history.

The teams will be coached by former NFL coaches Dan Reeves and Jim Bates.

Two other UT seniors will participate in NFL showcase events.

Offensive lineman Dallas Thomas was invited to the Senior Bowl, held on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Linebacker Herman Lathers is headed to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is Jan. 19 in Carson, Calif.

Waggner, a native of Clinton, La., finished his Tennessee career with 159 tackles, nine interceptions and 24 passes defended.

Rogers, from Nashville, finished his career with a strong senior season, catching 32 passes for 491 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.

Bartholomew, also a Nashville native, played in 31 games for UT during his career. His brother Will was a member of the 1998 national championship team and a his grandfather Sam was captain of the 1939 SEC championship team.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 19

albert63 writes:

1st again?

Ironcity writes:

Waggner needs to take a toughness pill to get a chance at the league. With how fullbacks are used in the league now Ben has a chance. Rodgers could do well in Canada.

Good luck to all these guys and all the players moving on.

utclyde16 writes:

With the way Rodgers was playing at the end of the season, he could be another Wes Welker in the pros.

6972 writes:

Make yourselves and the Vol fans proud. Do it right.

rtrchatt writes:

CFL talent

Noogaorange writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

CFL talent

rtrchatt = no talent.

voloffaith writes:

in response to albert63:

1st again?

mommy I'm FIRSTY again......hey hey hey slimalbertsixtyfwee

you are a riot.....it broke out inside you evidently..was your new year resolution to be FIRSTY on every article?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to albert63:

1st again?

little zz kns cubicle flunky is first again

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

Good luck to these VOLS!!

GO VOLS!!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Wonder if Z will catch on with the pros??
He's fast, good hands, and well, white.

That shouldn't matter, but sometimes it does.

VolGrad writes:

Charlie Strong's Louisville club taking Florida to the woodshed right now.

24 - 10 at the Half.

SummittsCourt writes:

http://www.coachingsearch.com/home/21...

This comment makes me wonder what those who wanted to keep Chaney will say about him now.

Glad there are no more weasel boy reminders now.

VolGrad writes:

Muschamp's meltdown..., more at 11.

VolGrad writes:

Puddygator fall down..., he go "BOOM!" :>

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

over rated gaytas. bwahahaha little zz won't show up for a couple of days

PUL4VOLS writes:

Hey with the year Zach had, he deserves a shot at the big time. I wish all our guys well as they try for the NFL, that even includes the juniors who we know or at least are quite sure are going.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

http://www.coachingsearch.com/home/21...

This comment makes me wonder what those who wanted to keep Chaney will say about him now.

Glad there are no more weasel boy reminders now.

@summ

Ah, c'mon, Cheney is no bad guy.

He's a good QB coach, so-so OC.

He's just a dork is all.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I thought Z made great strides in his career. When I see teams like the Patriots and Broncos, they seem to want guys that can read defenses and run the routes.

Playing with Bray has to help: Tyler is immature, but at times he plays like a pro QB.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Good luck to all these young men.

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