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Illinois State senior defensive end Brent Hawkins has accepted an invitation to the Hula Bowl on Jan. 21 at Honolulu.

Hawkins will join teammate Ryan Hoffman at the 60th annual event. The duo becomes the first pair of ISU players to compete in the same college all-star game. Both Hawkins and Hoffman will report to Hawaii on Jan. 14.

"This is just a great thing," Hawkins said. "This is one of the bowls I really wanted to go to, since I've never been to Hawaii, and having another teammate with me makes it even better."

Hawkins was the Gateway Football Conference defensive player of the year and runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award while leading Division I-AA with 26{ tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles and was second with 17 sacks.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville will lead the East team and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham will coach the West team in the annual all-star game for seniors.

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