Offensive tackle Beau Nunn and safety A.J. Howard will represent Appalachian State when they play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20.
Held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the postseason all-star game will be shown on FS1 at 4 p.m. ET.
Howard started in 38 of his 51 career games at App State, totaling 219 tackles, four interceptions and 11 tackles for loss. He made a stop on a catch at the 1-yard line seconds before time expired in a 20-13 win at Texas State in 2017, and his 61-yard interception return at Georgia State helped the Mountaineers take a 24-7 lead in a 31-10 victory.
With Howard playing an important role, App State's defense ranked first or second among Sun Belt teams in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game in each of the last three seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Nunn played right tackle and started 41 career games for App State. Entering the 2017 bowl season, his overall grade of 86.6 from the PFF College Football site ranked 19th among 260-plus FBS tackles, and his four quarterback pressures led the 179 FBS tackles with at least 300 pass-block snaps.
In receiving a grade of 92 from App State's coaches in a 34-0 win against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl, Nunn had 13 knockdown blocks (increasing his season total to 75) and seven pancakes (raising his season total to 21).
Nunn was a key cog for an offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2017 (No. 2 among FBS teams) and helped the Mountaineers rush for more than 300 yards in each of their last three games. App State ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of his four seasons as a starter.
Nunn and Howard will join Kennan Gilchrist (2016 senior), Tony Washington (2013) and Demetrius McCray (2012) as App State participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Former NFL head coach Mike Martz and Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green will coach the two teams at this year's game.