GREENVILLE — Despite a rare snowfall in the Upstate of South Carolina this week, the second annual College All-Star Bowl will be played at 6 p.m. tonight at Furman University’s Paladin Stadium.
Airing nationally on the CBS Sports Network (available at Digital Time Warner Cable on Channels 537 & 1537, The Dish Network on Channel 158 and DirecTV on Channel 221), the game gives special focus to players entering the NFL Draft, creating an opportunity for football players nationwide, including South Carolina.
The game also gives the assistant coaches an opportunity to be hired for coaching positions in the NFL as well as universities and other leagues.
“This week is what we have been working on all year,” said David Wyatt, the game’s director. “This is it, what the NFL Showcase is about.”
Weather caused some delays in the game week proceedings, including cancelling an induction ceremony for the S.C. Football Hall of Fame and several practices. However, it has led to more opportunities for players to meet one on one with college scouts.
The College All-Star Bowl will feature the “Nationals” led by South Carolina Football Hall of Famer and Clemson’s national championship coach Danny Ford along with his assistant coaches, including former NFL and collegiate standouts Brian Dawkins, Stanford Jennings, Patrick Sapp, Brian Bratton, R.J. Webb and Joe Jacoby.
The “Americans” are led by South Carolina Football Hall of Famer and legendary South Carolina State Coach Willie Jeffries and his assistant coaches, including former NFL and collegiate standouts Jamon Meredith, Dwayne Harper, Charlie Brown, Marco Coleman, Freddie Brown, Willie Scott, Keith Jennings and more.
Each team has an honorary captain for the in-state rival Division I schools. Clemson quarterback
Tajh Boyd is the Nationals’ captain, while University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is on the side of Jeffries’ Americans.
With the NFC Combines in Indianapolis just over a week away, Jeffries acknowledged earlier this week it’s highly doubtful either player will see action. While acknowledging their active participation would add a “great deal of prestige” to the fledgling All-Star Bowl, he understands why neither Shaw nor Boyd would want to take that risk.
“I don’t know if they want to jeopardize something happening and they’re not able to work out at the Combine,” Jeffries said. “It would upgrade the game tremendously.”
Today’s schedule of open events to the public:
- Noon-5 p.m.: Autograph session with Tajh Boyd at the Travelers Rest Wal-Mart
- 2-3 p.m. : Team meal at Stax Grille (Media invite only to talk to coaches)
- 2:30-5 p.m.: Autograph session with Connor Shaw at the Travelers Rest Wal-Mart
- 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Game warm-up at Furman University’s Paladin Stadium
- 6:05 p.m. — Kickoff at Furman University’s Paladin Stadium