Jan. 5, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - University of Washington offensive lineman Stanley Daniels and running back Kenny James were invited to play for the West squad at the sixth annual All-American Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. However, a drop in sponsorship monies and a primary moneylender falling through has forced Game Director Darry Alton to cancel this year's game.
The game was to take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, June 15, at 1 p.m. (Pacific) and will be televised by the NFL Network. The All-American Classic features more than 100 college all-stars competing in an East vs. West format. Last summer's NFL training camp rosters featured 78 players from the 2006 event.
"When we signed our television contract we lost ability to work with the convention and tourism side of Las Vegas and any of the casinos. That left sponsorship holes that we could not fill. We have made every effort to recoup the funding and our last effort fell through today," stated Alton. "We are embarrassed at such a late notice, but it is due to working so hard and trying to make the game happen. We are most disappointed in leaving the committed players without a game to showcase their talents but it makes no sense business wise to proceed with this years game."
We do anticipate the All-American Classic being played in 2008, but under new ownership. The new owners are extraordinary men with a love for football and the financial backing to make the game successful. "Vegas is still the best place in America for an all-star game and next year the game will be bigger and better, just not under my reign" said Alton.
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Daniels, a native of San Diego, Calif., played in 35 games in four seasons at Washington and earned 26 starts. He played all 775 offensive plays as a senior at the left guard position and was a member of a unit that allowed just 19 sacks in UW's 12 games, which rated fourth in the Pac-10 Conference.
A native of Dos Palos, Calif., James averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his 39 appearances at tailback for the UW. He rushed for a total of 1,731 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons and registered 37 pass receptions for 263 yards.
Among his three rushing touchdowns during the 2006 season was a memorable 54-yard scoring run up the middle of the field on the first play from scrimmage in UW's second game of the season at the University of Oklahoma. He missed two games after suffering an ankle sprain in UW's overtime loss at Cal. James returned to action at less than full strength for the final two games of the season.
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