Elam, Sturgis in skills competition

Matt Elam and Caleb Sturgis get a chance to show their skills before the 2013 NFL Draft.

The former Florida Gators football players are taking part in the 2013 All-Star Football Challenge. The annual skills competition is in its 15th year and features 20 college players in five different events.

Elam, a safety who announced Jan. 2 his intentions to forgo his senior season to enter the draft, will participate in the Skechers GoRun Hands competition. Sturgis, who owns the school record for most career field goals, will be in the Speed Kick competition.

The even will air on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN2 also will show replays at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday and at noon ET on Feb. 17. Another encore will air on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET on April 14, just before the draft begins on April 25.

Here’s the list of events and participants:

Quicken Loans QB Accuracy

Mike Glennon – NC State

EJ Manuel – Florida St

Ryan Nassib – Syracuse

Jordan Rodgers – Vanderbilt


Obstacle Course

Giovani Bernard – RB – UNC

Khaseem Greene – LB – Rutgers

TJ McDonald – S – USC

Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia


Skechers GoRun Hands Competition

Matt Elam – Florida

Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee

Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas

Robert Woods – WR – USC


Mercedes-Benz Lineman Strength Challenge

Sam Montgomery – DT – LSU

Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M

Alex Okafor – DE – Texas

Sylvester Williams – DT – UNC


Speed Kick

Brett Baer – Louisiana-Lafayette

Dustin Hopkins – FSU

Brett Maher – Nebraska

Caleb Sturgis – Florida


For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/AllStarFootball/

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