NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2014: Roster, Top Prospects for College All-Star Game

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NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2014: Roster, Top Prospects for College All-Star Game
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The 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl offers draft-eligible seniors a chance to impress NFL scouts, and the college football All-Star game features a some names most fans will likely recognize.   

Founded by the National Football League Players Association in 2012, this year's contest kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. ET at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., where the weather is almost always spectacular.

Former Super Bowl winner with the St. Louis Rams Dick Vermeil will coach the National team for the third straight year, while former NFL head coach Dennis Green will take his first stab at commanding the American team. 

Here's a look at both rosters, followed by a closer examination of the top NFL prospects set to play in the All-Star game. 

 

Rosters

American

Offense
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
13 Kenny Guiton QB Ohio State
7 Sean Schroeder QB Hawaii
8 Caleb Herring QB UNLV
1 James Franklin QB Missouri
21 Roy Finch RB Oklahoma
28 Franklyn Quiteh RB Bloomsburg
36 Kiero Small FB Arkansas
40 Chad Young FB San Diego State
18 Eric Ward WR Texas Tech
84 Greg Hardin WR North Dakota
17 Gerald Ford WR Valdosta State
81 Chris Gant WR Hawaii
16 Tony Washington WR Appalachian State
4 Corey Washington WR Newberry
19 Alex Neutz WR Buffalo
85 Brian Wozniak TE Wisconsin
83 Terrence Miller TE Arizona
88 Chris Coyle TE Arizona State
76 Brent Qvale OL Nebraska
79 Cornelius Lucas OL Kansas State
78 Erle (Jr.) Ladson OL Delaware
66 Kevin Danser OL Stanford
75 Trey Hopkins OL Texas
74 Karim Barton OL Morgan State
60 Ryan McGrath OL Ohio
77 Brian Clarke OL Bloomsburg
65 Matt Paradis OL Boise State

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Defense
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
91 Kasim Edebali DL Boston College
96 Donnie Owens DL Winston-Salem
50 Nate Askew DE Texas A&M
97 Jake Metz DL Shippensburg
92 Lawrence Virgil DL Valdosta State
93 Seali'i Epenesa DL UCLA
90 Jimmy Staten DL Middle Tennessee State
95 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe DL Boise State
56 Brock Coyle LB Montana
51 Brandon Watts LB Georgia Tech
52 Jeremiah George LB Iowa State
53 Mike Marry LB Mississippi
55 Andrew Wilson LB Missouri
54 Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Boston College
59 Avery Williamson LB Kentucky
35 Charles (III) Sawyer DB Mississippi
26 Brandon Dixon DB NW Missouri State
29 Brian Dixon DB NW Missouri State
25 Ciante Evans DB Nebraska
34 Jabari Price DB North Carolina
45 Nick Williams DB North Alabama
23 Jerry Gates DB Bowling Green
37 Sammy Seamster DB Middle Tennessee State
20 Demetrius Wright DB Southern California
24 CJ Barnett DB Ohio State

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Special Teams
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
6 Vincenzo D'Amato K California
12 Tyler Campbell P Mississippi
67 Chris Maikranz LS Lamar

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National

Offense
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
46 Ray (Jr.) Agnew FB Southern Illinois
66 Josh Allen OL Louisiana-Monroe
21 Martin (Jr.) Bayless WR Central Methodist
69 Jared Biard OL Colorado State
85 Kadron Boone WR LSU
15 Kolton Browning QB Louisiana-Monroe
80 Isaiah Burse WR Fresno State
82 Asante Cleveland TE Miami
44 J.C. Copeland FB LSU
68 Kenarious Gates OL Georgia
86 Je'Ron Hamm WR Louisiana-Monroe
72 Jonotthan Harrison-Nelson OL Florida
12 Brendon Kay QB Cincinnati
64 Dallas Lee OL Georgia
63 D.J. Morrell OG Old Dominion
14 Connor Shaw QB South Carolina
70 Will Simmons OL East Carolina
29 James Sims RB Kansas
87 Darryl Surgent WR Louisiana-Lafayette
3 Eric Thomas WR Troy
10 Dustin Vaughan QB West Texas A&M
81 Asa Watson TE North Carolina State
22 Julius "Trey" Watts RB Tulsa
71 Josh Wells OL James Madison
73 Jared Wheeler OL Miami
32 Anthony Wilkerson RB Stanford
16 Albert (II) Wilson WR Georgia State

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Defense
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
38 Kenneth Acker DB SMU
90 Denico Autry DL Mississippi State
23 Lonnie Ballentine DB Memphis
99 Rakim Cox DL Villanova
58 Brad Daly LB Montana State
94 Chris Davenport DL Tulane
78 Johnnie Farms DL Memphis
91 David Gilbert DE Miami
50 Keenan Graham DL UCLA
30 AJ Highsmith DB Miami
27 Kendall James DB Maine
92 Howard Jones DL Shepherd
52 Jesse Joseph LB Connecticut
41 Kavon "Mark" Joyce DB Southern Florida
31 T.J. (III) Lee DB Eastern Washington
25 Jimmy Legree DB South Carolina
57 Shaun Lewis LB Oklahoma State
42 Jordan Love DB Towson
67 Jamie Meder DL Ashland
33 Tyree Mills DB Southern Utah
55 Stephon Robertson LB James Madison
56 Deontae Skinner LB Mississippi State
39 Abdul Smith DB Temple
54 Marquis Spruill LB Syracuse
98 Khyri Thornton DL Southern Mississippi

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Special Teams
NUMBER FIRST LAST PO SCHOOL
9 Cairo Santos K Tulane
11 Tom Hornsey P Memphis
53 Trevor Gillette LS Rice

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Top Prospects

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

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Connor Shaw had a stellar career at South Carolina, but it remains to be seen if he has a future in the NFL. He put together his finest campaign as a senior, passing for 2,447 yards with 24 touchdowns and one interception while running for 558 yards and six scores. 

While Shaw's passing numbers don't jump out, his ability to manage the game does. He was efficient all year long, making big play after big play when his team needed him the most while taking care of the football. 

Therefore, it's not surprising that he's running the first-team offense during practice, as ESPN's Matt Barrie pointed out on Jan. 14:

Nobody should expect Shaw to come off the board early when the 2014 NFL draft kicks off in May, however. While he's been terrific in college, it appears he may have already hit his ceiling. That said, Shaw could be selected in the middle rounds, and he has a chance to become a solid backup at the next level. 

 

Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State

Anyone who watched Kenny Guiton shred opposing secondaries for Ohio State while Braxton Miller was hurt this past season will tell you he's an intriguing prospect.

Completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 749 yards with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions, he led the Big Ten in passer efficiency, as noted by Marcus Hartman of Fox Sports Ohio:

After making the decision to play in this upcoming All-Star game and take his talents to the pros, Guiton talked about his goals, via Doug Lesmerises of the Northeast Ohio Media Group via Cleveland.com:

I'm going to try to see what I can do, see if I can get a chance to play at the next level. I've got to take advantage of opportunities, so I have to go out there and show what I can do against some top level competition.

If Guiton can impress scouts this week in practice and then show up big in the game, then he'll certainly gain some valuable momentum heading into the combine. 

 

Jeremiah George, LB, Iowa State

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Iowa State inside linebacker Jeremiah George came on strong in his senior season for the Cyclones, racking up 133 total tackles (83 solo), 12 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

He's going to be all over the field when these two teams kick things off on Jan. 18. 

Unfortunately for George, he's a bit undersized, as Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com details. Rang also notes his instincts and quickness, though, which could make up for that lack of size:

It will be interesting to see how George performs when he's engaged by some of the big boys up front in the running game. If he can shed those blocks and make plays, along with showing up well in coverage, then there's a chance he could be picked up in the latter rounds of the 2014 NFL draft. 

  

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