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Rivals Morehouse, Howard to Open 2012 Seasons in Classic

8/1/2012, 3:32 p.m.

"Last year was the kind of game that football fans love to see, especially in an inaugural HBCU classic," said Morehouse Head Coach Rich Freeman. "While we didn't come out on top, I know our team played hard until the very last snap. As a coach, that's all you can ask for and

this rivalry inspires the best performances out of our young players. We are looking forward to traveling back to the nation's capital, playing in this year's Classic and bringing the trophy home to Atlanta."

Morehouse's eight SIAC Preseason All-Conference selections include running back David Carter, offensive linemen Jan-Michael Coke, Marlon Jones and Shea Martin, defensive lineman Scottie Williams, defensive back Justin Oliver and linebackers Brandon Houston and Elijah Anderson.

Howard's four MEAC Preseason All-Conference selections include quarterback Greg McGhee, offensive lineman Cory Gwinner, linebacker Keith Pough and defensive back DeCarlos Knight.

Individual tickets for the football game are priced $25 to $50 (plus applicable fees), and on sale at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, the Howard University Box Office located at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Group tickets, suites and premium tickets are available by calling the ATTNFC Hotline at 202-608-1135. Credit card payments accepted only (Mastercard and VISA).

The JW Marriott Washington, DC is the headquarters hotel and will serve as the hub for AT&T Nation's Football Classic activity during the weekend. Promotional rates for this hotel, and other participating Marriott properties, can be reserved at www.nationsfootballclassic.com or 800-266-9432 (use reference code: NFF).

For more information on the AT&T Nation's Football Classic, please visit www.nationsfootballclassic.com.