Jackson, McKinney to Play in Hula Bowl

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State seniors Rob Jackson and Justin McKinney will play in the 2008 Hula Bowl on Saturday and will be members of the East squad during the annual collegiate all-star game.


Saturday’s game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also will be televised live by the Versus Network beginning at 5 p.m. (CST).


Jackson, a native of West Haven, Conn., has anchored the Wildcat defensive line for the past two seasons and has earned praise this week during the bowl practice sessions. The All-Big 12 performer finished his Wildcat career with 61 total tackles, 12.5 for losses, and 6.5 sacks, while playing in all 25 games over the past two seasons. Jackson will don the No. 95 jersey for the East squad.


McKinney, from Sanford, Fla., was Kansas State’s leading tackler this season with 74 tackles and also had three interceptions, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and blocked one punt. The defensive back, who will also wear his traditional No. 22 jersey in the game, earned All-Big 12 honors from the coaches and Associated Press this season.


Jackson and McKinney are the 12th and 13th Wildcats to be named to a Hula Bowl roster since 2000.