Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 AT 12:29 PM / Updated at 4:45 PM
Compton, Cotton get Vermeil and Edwards as head coaches
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Will Compton is enjoying at least one added bonus of preparing for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

The former Nebraska linebacker is part of the National team, which is coached by Dick Vermeil. In this Q&A on the website for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Compton comments on knowing all about Vermeil from growing up in Bonne Terre, Mo., just south of St. Louis.

Compton said it’s “awesome” playing for Vermeil, whose head coaching stints have included coaching the St. Louis Rams from 1997 to ’99 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001 to ’05.

“I’ve always looked up to him,” Compton said. “I mean, I’m from Missouri. He coached the Rams. He’s got so much wisdom. So far, he seems to be a man of few words, but it’s really exciting just being around him.”

Former Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton is on the American team coached by Herm Edwards. The game is Saturday in Carson, Calif.

Cotton said his free time has been filled this week with interviews with NFL scouts, part of the process for any all-star game appearance. Cotton actually has enjoyed that part of the experience.

“It’s gone really well this week,” Cotton told The World-Herald on Wednesday night. “And I think I’ve done well with them.”

We’ll have more on Cotton in a story later this week.

Also playing for the American team will be Josh Williams, a former Husker defensive end who finished his career at Kansas.

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