Marvin Austin back in Carolina blue

Marvin Austin

January 12, 2011 12:29:38 PM PST
Former UNC football player Marvin Austin will return to the football field later this month, and he is expected to be wearing a UNC helmet.

Austin, who was dismissed from the program in October after accepting illegal benefits from agents, will play in the East vs. West Shrine Game on January 22 in Orlando, Florida. The game is an opportunity for college seniors to play in front of NFL scouts.

While players in the game wear East or West jerseys, they typically wear the helmet from their respective University. UNC officials tell ABC11, "players wear the helmets of the college they last played for, so Marvin will be wearing a North Carolina helmet. He will be allowed to wear it."

The NFL Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN's NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper has Austin ranked as the #6 Defense Tackle. Austin is projected as a late first round or early second round pick.

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