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Central’s Hook, Samson named Team Stars & Stripes captains

Football | Dec. 20, 2013

MONTERREY, MEXICO—Central College offensive lineman Travis Hook (senior, Grundy Center) and defensive lineman Danny Samson (senior, Baxter, CMB HS) have been named captains of Team Stars & Stripes for the fifth annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) Saturday at 1 p.m.

Both Hook and Samson serve as co-captains for their respective side of the ball. Quarterback Juan Flores of Cornell College and defensive lineman Jake Rotkvich of Lake Forest College will also serve as co-captains.

Hook anchored Central’s offensive line, starting all 10 games at center without allowing a sack. Samson—Iowa Conference football defensive MVP, All-West Region first-team defense honoree and Cliff Harris Award finalist—led the league’s top defense with 11.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss, both tops in the conference.

Organized by Global Football, the Mexican game, which pits the U.S. roster of 52 seniors from 27 Division III schools against a team of all-stars chosen from a national conference of Mexican private colleges, is staged at Estadio Tecnológico in Monterrey, Mexico, on the Tec de Monterrey campus.

A Spanish-language webcast of the game can be accessed at A live stream of Saturday’s competition can also be accessed at Both the webcast and live stream are free of charge.

Central defensive coordinator Don De Waard serves as head coach of Team Stars & Stripes, which sports four Dutch players on its roster. In addition to Hook and Samson, defensive back Jason Breon (senior, Anamosa) and linebacker Mike Young (senior, Country Club Hills, Ill., Hillcrest HS) are also prepped for competition.

Central College's contingent at the Bowl of Stars.
(left to right, front row: Jason Breon, Mike Young, Travis Hook, Danny Samson; second from left to right, back row: Paden Kleinhesselink, John Roslien, Chris Lobberecht, Frank Neu, Don De Waard)

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