MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton has accepted an invitation to play in the Second Annual College All Star Bowl. The game, which features top collegiate players from across the country, will be held on Friday, Feb. 14 at Paladin Stadium on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. and will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The all-star contest will pit the Nationals versus the Americans, teams which were determined earlier this month by a unique draft conducted by the coaching staffs and the bowl’s scouting department. Tipton will play for the Nationals under former Clemson national champion head coach Danny Ford and will wear jersey No. 29.
Tipton’s promising 2013 campaign, which prior to he was named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Watch Lists, was derailed in the first quarter of the season opener when the Detroit native suffered a broken ankle against Michigan. Determined to wear the maroon and gold again in his senior season, Tipton embarked on rigorous rehabilitation program following surgery. After missing seven games, he remarkably returned to the field in week nine against Ball State, scoring a one-yard touchdown in front of a national ESPN2 television audience.
Despite playing with seven screws still in place in his ankle, Tipton started the final three games of the season, rushing for 380 yards and seven touchdowns. He saved one of his greatest performances for last, piling up 216 yards and four scores in a 42-10 Senior Day win over Eastern Michigan.
In 2012, Tipton burst onto the college football scene, putting together one of the greatest rushing seasons in Central Michigan football history. His 1,492 rushing yards, the most by a Chippewa running back in 16 years, are fourth all-time in the CMU single season record book and his average of 114.8 yards per game ranked No. 14 in the nation. He finished the season strong, recording seven straight 100-yard games, including a 101-yard effort in Central Michigan’s win over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Tipton was also a regular in the end zone in 2012. His 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns are tied for the second most ever by a Chippewa and his average of 9.2 points scored per game ranked him No. 20 in the NCAA.
For his standout season, Tipton’s earned CMU’s Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award and was named Second Team All-MAC.
Appearing in 36 games, Tipton finished his career with 2,463 rushing and 524 receiving yards. His 34 total rushing touchdowns ranks tied for fourth all-time in the Central Michigan record book.