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Navy Surface Ops Officer leads MLK Parade
Jackson, MS --- U.S. Navy Surface Operations Officer Michael Kennedy, who was stationed on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean and served as the Back Judge in this USA College Football Bowl, led the line of march dressed in his Navy uniform, with the USA College Football All-Americans in the nation's larget MLK Birthday Parade on Saturday morning (January 17, 2015). Kennedy, as an undegraduate was a defensive back for Widener University (PA), is a member of the Southeastern Football Officials Association. In 2013 while stationed at Newport News, VA, he served as the back judge in the 2013 USA College Football Bowl. Marching with Kennedy at the head of the contingent was Generals' fullback Kyle Gardner (SUNY - Maritime) who was wearing his dress uniform. Sandwiched between the two was the NFL's LaLisa Anthony.
20th USA College Football Awards Banquet
Jackson, MI --- Offensive lineman Loren Endsley (Eastern Oregon University) received the Hank Biesiot Award presented annually to an outstanding NAIA Scholar-Athlete at the USA College Football Awards Banquet. LaLisa Anthony, the NFL presnted the inaugural Gridiron Pioneer Award named in her honor to Kate Dunn, a 16-year old whose dream of becoming a football coach after illness prevented her from joining her high school team, was realized as she walked the sidelines as an assistant coach with the Generals. Conner Cox (Trinity Unversity/TX) kept the Clyde "Bulldog" Turner Trophy in Texas when he was recognized as the nation's top Division III Offensive Lineman. When Dennis Wilson, President of the New York Football Writers introduced Jimmy "Mississippi Red" McDowell for whom the "McDowell All-American College Sports Communications Award" has been named, the duo combined for 150 years of sports journalism.
Generals outgun Admirals 69-54
Jackson, MS --- In the highest-scoring game of the 20-year old history of the USA College Football Bowl played at H.T. Newell Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,477 on January 19, 2015, the Generals prevailed in a 69-54 shootout against the Admirals. Jeremy Musselman (West Virginia Wesleyn), keyed the winners' attack, connecting on 16 of 25 aerial attempts for 274 yards and four touchdowns as the Generals accumulated 567 yards of total offense in 80 plays. Signal-caller Mike German (Tennessee State) completed 26 of 34 passing attempts, generating 377 yards and four touchdowns to propel the Admirals to 702 yards of total offense in 88 snaps.
Lamont Wims (Robert Morris/IL) of tyhe Generals, churned out a game-high 63 yards rushing in a dozen touches while the Admrials' Jarred Haggins (Florida State) was the top receiver, hauled in seven receptions for a game-best 103 yards. The scoring started slow with the Generals' Justin Gravely (North Greenville University) splitting the uprights with a 26-yard field goal 2:42 into the contest. With 9:38 remaining in the first quarter, Antonio May (Fayetteville State University) deadlocked the contest when he booted a 41-yard field goal for the Admirals. Musselman tossed an 11-yard TD strike to Matt James (Presentation College/SD) 1:11 later to post the first six-pointer on the scoreboard and the Generals never looked back.
Individual offensive highlighs included a 51-yard field goal by Mayo to open the fourth quarter and a 64-yard TD aerial connection by the Admirals' duo of quarterback Lemar Johnson (Morrissville State/NY) to wide-receiver Suwayne Hylton (Edward Waters College/FL). Musselman chipped in with a 55-yard TD toss to wide-receiver Lloyd Henry (University of Findlay/OH). Generals' quarterback Rudy Johnson (Winston-Salem State/NC) tucked in the pigskin six times, rushinh for 39 yards, including TD blasts of 14 and two yards.
Despite the record scoring, there were standouts on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage. Admirals' linebacker A.J. Akinribade (Wabah College/IN) registered a game-high 10 tackles,seven of which were solo hits with two tackles for losses while his teammate, cornerback Devin Figueres (Tarleton State/TX) collected nine tackles, six of which were unassisted. Kyle Herth (Lake Erie College/OH) contributed seven tackels, four-which were solo hits with a game-high two tackles for losses. Topping the Generals in tackles was middle-linebacker Kevin Burns (Widener University/PA) with eight, six of which were unassisted. A quartet of Generals registerd seven tackles. They were defensive backs Jaylan Bailey (Georgetown College/KY), who picked off an interception he reurned 17 yards, and Charles Davis (Virginia Unio University), who also intercepted an aerial that was returned 15 yards. Linebackers Gregory Goree (Behaven University/MS) and Takari Johnson (Concordia University/Ann Arbor) both registered six solo hits with an assisted tackle. Safety Devontae Corbitt (Ottawa University/KS) picked off an interception he returned for a game-19 yards.
Stewart top pick in "1st In The Nation Draft"
Baltimore, MD --- Defensive back Jarad Stewart (Widener University/PA), who recorded five sol hits for the Admirals in the USA College Football Bowl, was the top pick in the 1st In The Nation Draft when the ASI Panthers (Reading,PA) selected the Pioneers' All-American. With the second pick, the Maryland Eagles (Baltimore, MA) chose the Generals' defensive back Jaylan Bailey (Georgetown College/KY) who excelled in the defensive secondary in the USA College Football Bowl, picking off an interception he returned 17 yards while recording seven tackles, six of which werr unassisted. Picking third, the Chicago Blitz picked wide-receiver Jarred Haggins (Florida State University) wah hauled in seven passes for a game-high 103 yards for the Admirals. Wide-receiver Trevon Chatman (Campbellsville University/KY) was the fourth player taken when the Atlanta Sharks announced his name after he matched Haggins with seven receptions which he collected for 76 yards. Going fifth to the Saginaw Sting was linebacker Takari Johnson (Concordia University/Ann Arbor) who registerd seven tackles, six unassisted and one tackle for a loss. Using the sixth selection, the Cleveland Saints opted to choose offensive lineman Kyle Bates (Hiram College/OH) while the Buffalo Lightning stayed local in picking quarterback Lemar Johnson (Morrisville State/NY). Wide-receiver Cordrick Bobley (Sul Ross State/TX) was the choice of the Savannah Steam with the eight selection. Withe fninth and final pick of the first round, the York Capitals (PA) took defensive end David Sumter (LIU - Post), who was honored as the ECAC Division II Defensive Player of the Year at the Eastern College Football Banquet on February 19, 2015 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Quest "4" Best USA College Football All-Americans
NEW YORK, NY --- With 825 four-year colleges fielding varsity football programs, there are an estimated 12,375 seniors who have walked off a college gridiron for the final time. Many of the top student/athletes possess dreams of continuing careers at the next level - professional football. USA College Football recognizes these young men and has created affiliations with not only the NFL and CFL but also minor league organizations, most of which compete indoors, to provide potential slots for graduating seniors. Utilizing the USA College Football Bowl for 20 years has supplied a venue for college division standouts to exhibit their talents against their peers. USA College Football has selected All-American teams at all levels since 1988, providing profiles, data, statistics and information to NFL, CFL and AFL scouting departments for nearly three decades. This year, USA College Football is ugrading its network of minor league football organizations and the first major addition will take place March 10, 2015 with a draft pool of all 2014 USA College Football All-Americans with no remaining eligibility.