Menlo's Meshkaty invited to play in NAIA Senior Bowl


Menlo senior defensive lineman Camyar Meshkaty accepted an invitation to play in the D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The football game, in its third year, is designed to bring together players who represent both the Div. II and NAIA college football levels to an all-star game format.

"Words can't explain how excited I am to be playing in this game," Meshkaty said. "It's an honor not only to be recognized for the success I've had over the last four years, but to also be representing Menlo College."

Camyar Meshkaty/Photo by Menlo College Athletics.
Meshkaty finished a successful four-year career for the Oaks in which he racked up 110 total tackles, 20 1/2 tackles for loss and 8 1/2 sacks in 36 career games.

In addition to his work on the football field, Meshkaty is involved on campus serving as Executive Vice President for campus Student Government. He also serves on the Allocation Board and works as a member of the Menlo Athletics Game Operations staff.

"I'd like to thank my defensive coordinator Mike Church and my defensive line coach of three years, Gordon Steinman, who have both played a role in my success here," said Meshkaty. "I'd also like to thank head coach Mark Grieb and coach Vince Freitas who came in this year and did a great job. With coaches like these, I'm excited to see the program continue to grow in the future."

D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl participants will participate in NFL combine testing, and an awards banquet in the two days before the game, hosted by the Collegiate Development Football League. The Senior Bowl is open to seniors who have competed their collegiate eligibility.

Additionally, all student-athletes participating in the game are afforded the opportunity to attend an exclusive job fair.

"This is a great opportunity for me to make new connections and meet great people," said Meshkaty. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Keith Spataro and the Athletic Department for helping fund the trip. I would also like to thank my teammates over the past four years and my family who have both been there for me through everything."

In addition to his selection to this post season bowl game, Meshkaty was recently named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, an award to recognize both academic and athletic achievements.

Meshkaty holds a 3.46 GPA as a marketing major and was one of just two Oaks to earn a place on the All-District list.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (PT) at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Oaks wide receiver Michael Alexander turned down an invitation because of lingering injury concerns.

— Menlo Athletics

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