NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State safety Daniel Fitzpatrick has committed to play in the 2015 NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17.
Fitzpatrick had an accomplished career as a defensive back for the Tigers. In 2013, he hauled in multiple All-American honors after leading the NCAA FCS with eight interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He was named Associated Press First Team All-American, FCS Athletic Director’s Association All-American, AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-American, Heritage Sports Radio All-American, Sports Network FCS All-American, Beyond Sports Network First Team All-American and BOXTOROW All-American. He was elected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team and also earned the CFPA Defensive Back of the Year Award and Heritage Sports Radio Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Despite missing an early part of his 2014 senior season after undergoing knee surgery, Fitzpatrick bounced back to earn All-OVC Second Team honors. In his first game back following the surgery, Fitzpatrick appeared to be in dominant form, finishing with 9.5 tackles, a forced fumble and recovery, as well as an interception. The 6-2, 215-pound senior would finish the season with two interceptions and 56 tackles, as well as five passes defensed, seven pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 17 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15.