All-Star Bowl rapidly earning nationwide exposure in 2nd year
Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 AM
In last year’s inaugural College All-Star Bowl, former Emerald High School standout A.J. Jones was the game’s defensive MVP after finishing his gridiron career at North Greenville.
The Citadel's Ben Dupree (2) is among those vying for national recognition in tonight's College All-Star Bowl at Furman. According to the game roster, Dupree could play at either running back, receiver or kick returner.
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That set things in motion for Jones to play football this past year in Brazil.
As the second edition of the game prepares to be played 6 today at Furman’s Paladin Stadium, the scope now extends beyond South Carolina. After the 2013 contest only featured players with some kind of state connection, prospects from all over the country now get one final chance to impress NFL scouts on the CBS Sports Network (not on Northland Cable, but on DirectTV channel 221 and Dish Network 152).
“This whole week has been about the increased exposure this is getting,” said Greenwood’s Steve Riley, who is event coordinator for the game and South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. “It’s a national game now. The game is being evaluated by ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports for the possibility of them broadcasting this great game in the future.”
Riley, who owns Emerald Ink & Stitches, is responsible for his company handling the game apparel and souvenirs.
“Just being around these athletes and getting to know them as people and not stars is an amazing experience,” Riley said. “It’s very humbling. It’s exciting to be in the middle of all this.”
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