Despite a rare snowfall in the Upstate of South Carolina this week, The College All Star Bowl will be played Friday night at Furman's recently renovated Paladin Stadium.
The College All Star Bowl will air nationwide on the CBS Sports Network on February 14 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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 has caused some delays in the game week proceeding including cancelling an induction ceremony for the S.C. Football Hall of Fame and several practices, but that has led to more opportunities for players to meet one-on-one with college scouts.
Following is a schedule of open events to the public today:
Noon - 5 p.m.: Autograph session with Tajh Boyd at the Travelers Rest Wal-Mart.
2 - 3: Team meal at Stax Grille
2:30- 5: Autograph session with Connor Shaw at the Travelers Rest Wal-Mart.
4:30-5:30: Game warm-up at Furman University's Paladin Stadium.
6:05 p.m.: Kickoff at Furman University's Paladin Stadium.
The College All Star Bowl will feature the “Nationals” led by South Carolina Football Hall of Famer and Clemson’ national championship coach Danny Ford, along with his assistant coaches including former NFL and collegiate players 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 SC State coach Willie Jeffries. His assistant coaches including former NFL and collegiate greats Jamon Meredith, Dwayne Harper, Charlie Brown, Marco Coleman, Freddie Brown, Willie Scott, Keith Jennings and more.
Boyd and Shaw will serve as honorary captains for the two teams, but are not expected to play.
Ford's National team includes four Clemson seniors - running back Rod McDowell, linebackers Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian, and long snapper Phillip Fajgenbaum.
Others on the Nationals roster include Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig, Georgia wide receiver Rantavious Wooten, Georgia Tech running back Robert Godhigh, Miami safety Kacey Rodgers, Boston College linebacker Steele Divitto, Miami defensive end Shayon Green, Tennessee defensive ends Corey Miller and Marlon Walls, Michigan defensive tackle Quinton Washington, and Oklahoma State wide receiver Tracy Moore.
Among those playing for the Americans will be Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price, Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell and cornerback John Fulton, Auburn linebacker Jake Holland and defensive end Nosa Eguae, Missouri quarterback James Franklin, N.C. State wide receiver Rashard Smith, and Virginia Tech linebackers Jack Tyler and Tarique Edwards.