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American vs. National



Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

GAME NOTES: NFL Draft-eligible players will put their talents on display at the StubHub Center on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd-annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Patrolling the sideline for the American squad is Denny Green, who made his mark in the NFL as the head coach of the Vikings and the Cardinals. Returning as head coach of the National squad is the legendary Dick Vermeil, who won the Rose Bowl as coach of UCLA in 1975 before enjoying an illustrious NFL career with the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl with St. Louis. Vermeil led the National team to victories in the 2012 (20-14) and 2013 (34-0) editions of this game.

Headlining the American offense is Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who, despite missing four games in the middle of the season with a shoulder injury, finished with 2,429 yards (on 62.1 percent completions) with 19 touchdowns to just six interceptions, while adding impressive rushing totals as well (510 yards, four TDS). Kenny Guiton also has a lot to prove. The Ohio State signal caller was stuck behind Braxton Miller on the depth chart but was brilliant in limited action early in the season (.688 completions, 749 yards, 14 TDs, two INTs). Also lining up under center for American will be UNLV's Caleb Herring (2,718 passing yards, 346 rushing yards, 29 total TDs, five INTs) and Sean Schroeder from Hawaii (2,960 yards, 28 TDs, 14 INTs).

American is only carrying two tailbacks -- Oklahoma's Roy Finch (347 yards) and Franklyn Quiteh (2,195 yards, 29 TDs), the Division II Player of the Year out of Bloomsburg. Fullbacks Kiero Small (Arkansas) and Chad Young (San Diego State) will also get to show their skills.

At receiver, Texas Tech's Eric Ward (83 receptions, 947 yards, eight TDs), Hawaii's Chris Gant (59 receptions, 973 yards, nine TDs) and Buffalo's Alex Neutz (61 receptions, 1,024 yards, 12 TDs) will all try to build upon impressive seasons. Small-school pass catchers Greg Hardin (North Dakota), Gerald Ford (Valdosta State), Tony Washington (Appalachian State) and Corey Washington (Newberry) will also be given a big stage to play on, while Brian Wozniak (Wisconsin) and Terrence Miller (Arizona) will represent the tight end position.

Anchoring the American defense is a pair of SEC linebackers in Kentucky's Avery Williamson (102 tackles) and Missouri's Andrew Wilson (113 tackles, 6.5 TFL). The squad also has impressive talent along the defensive line with Kasim Edebali (Boston College), Nate Askew (Texas A&M) and Seali'i Epenesa (UCLA) as well as in the defensive backfield with Ciante Evans (Nebraska) Demetrius Wright (USC) and CJ Barnett (Ohio State).

On the National side, Connor Shaw is expected to lead the charge at quarterback after posting an outstanding senior season at South Carolina, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,447 yards, rushing for 558 yards and combining for 30 touchdowns while throwing just a single interception. Cincinnati QB Brendon Kay (.663 completions, 3,302 yards, 22 TDs, 12 INTs) will also get his chance to prove himself, as will Kolton Browning (ULM) and Dustin Vaughan (West Texas A&M).

Trey Watts out of Tulsa is arguably the most talented running back in this event, having displayed excellence both as a rusher (1,329 yards, 11 TDs) and a receiver (46 receptions, 395 yards, TD). James Sims (1,110 yards, seven TDs) was one of the only weapons on a lackluster Kansas team, and Anthony Wilkerson (353 yards, two TDs) was solid in limited reps for Stanford.

Isaiah Burse (99 receptions, 1,026 yards, six TDs) benefitted greatly from his future-NFL quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State and is out to prove he's a high-quality playmaker. On the contrary, Albert Wilson out of Georgia State had very little talent surrounding him yet still finished with 71 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. Rounding out the receiving talent is Kadron Boone (LSU), Je'Ron Hamm (ULM), Darryl Surgent (Louisiana), Eric Thomas (Troy) and Martin Bayless Jr. (Central Methodist).

Defensively, Jimmy Legree is a high-impact defensive back out of South Carolina, as he racked up 55 tackles, 5.5 TFL and three interceptions this season. Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis (58 tackles, 7.5 TFL), Mississippi State linebacker Deonte Skinner (64 tackles), Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill (66 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks) and Southern Miss defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (39 tackles, 6.5 TFL) are expected to be standouts for the unit as well.

Whether it be a proven producer, a player with great talent but limited by injuries over his career, an overachiever from a small program, or even a guy who didn't get his fair share of playing time on a elite team, every player in this game has something to show in order to improve their stock come NFL Draft time in May. Figure on event veteran Vermeil to continue his reign with the National squad.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: National 38, American 35

01/17 13:51:52 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
Final
SFG 11
KAN 4
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
Final
PSU 24
OSU 31
Final
UTAH 24
USC 21
Final
WASH 10
ARST 24
Final
HAW 18
NEV 26
 
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
Final
ARI 2
FLA 1
Final
CAL 1
WAS 3
3:00pm Today
WIN
COL
 
4:00pm Today
LOS
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
OTT
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
WAS
 
9:30am Today
ATL
DET
1:00pm Today
CIN
BAL
1:00pm Today
NYJ
BUF
1:00pm Today
NEP
CHI
1:00pm Today
TEN
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
MIA
1:00pm Today
TAM
MIN
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
1:00pm Today
KAN
STL
4:05pm Today
ARI
PHI
4:25pm Today
PIT
IND
4:25pm Today
CLE
OAK
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
GBP
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14