In an effort to showcase the talented football players that we have in the state, organizers have put together an all-star roster and it's the Upstate versus the Low Country at the inaugural South Carolina All Star Bowl to be held on March 23rd at North Greenville University. This is a great opportunity for players to play one last college football game, giving them an opportunity to enhance their personal brands for the pro scouts, graduate schools, and other potential employers. Also with live TV coverage that will reach 4.5 million homes it's a great way to establish Upstate or Lowcounty bragging rights.
Criteria for the players are that they are college seniors who have either played high school football in the Low Country or Upstate or players that have just finished their college careers in South Carolina Colleges. "This game is about highlighting the best of South Carolina football," said Sam Wyche, the game's commissioner. "Over the years, South Carolina colleges and high schools have produced All-Americans, two Heisman Trophy winners, first-round draft picks, NFL Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, Super Bowl winners, College Football Hall of Famers and Pro Football Hall of Famers."
Local players include Clemson's Corico Wright; Furman's Ben Granger, RJ Webb, Ricky Lang, Dakota Derrick, Josh Lynn and Nathan Wade; Presbyterian's Anderico Bailey, Michael Ruff and Xavier Boatwright, and North Greenville's Johnathon Sharpe, A.J. Jones, Chancellor Hudson and Sean Wright.
There are also players from major football programs outside the state including Gee Gee Greene from Navy, Tra'ves Bush from Navy, BJ Sumter from Wyoming, Lenard Williams from Washington State, Cartier Rice from Kentucky, Taylor Wyndham from Kentucky, Joseph Carter from Nebraska, and Jon Richt, a Mars Hill quarterback and son of Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
The coaching line-up is equally impressive with the Upstate team being led by Clemson's Danny Ford and the Lowcountry team led by Willie Jeffries. Mentors and assistant coaches include a host of former NFL and college greats including Brian Dawkins, Levon Kirland, Patrick Sapp, Marco Coleman, Sam Cowart, Nick Eason, Woody Dantzler, Charlie Brown and more
In addition to the game, eight football legends have been selected to be charter members of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. More than 40 former football greats were nominated. "We had so many great nominees that it was very tough to select just eight," said David Wyatt, director of the South Carolina All Star Bowl. The inductees are: Clemson University's Banks McFadden, Danny Ford and Frank Howard; the University of South Carolina's George Rogers; Furman University's Sam Wyche, and South Carolina State University's Willie Jeffries, Harry Carson and Donnie Shell. All eight will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the game.
"South Carolina is one of the top five states in the country yearly for putting football players into the NFL," said David Wyatt, the game's director. "But the debate is what is better? Football in the Upstate or football in the Lowcountry? That is where the South Carolina College All Star Bowl (SCCASB) comes in. This game is designed to highlight the talent from the state to professional scouts and coaches as well as settle the Upstate vs. Lowcountry debate by establishing an annual regional champion."
General admission tickets are only $15.00 so bring the whole family to witness what's sure to be a great football showdown.
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