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

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 16:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks drops back to pass against the Florida Gators during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2014

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
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
13KennyGuitonQBOhio State
7SeanSchroederQBHawaii
8CalebHerringQBUNLV
1JamesFranklinQBMissouri
21RoyFinchRBOklahoma
28FranklynQuitehRBBloomsburg
36KieroSmallFBArkansas
40ChadYoungFBSan Diego State
18EricWardWRTexas Tech
84GregHardinWRNorth Dakota
17GeraldFordWRValdosta State
81ChrisGantWRHawaii
16TonyWashingtonWRAppalachian State
4CoreyWashingtonWRNewberry
19AlexNeutzWRBuffalo
85BrianWozniakTEWisconsin
83TerrenceMillerTEArizona
88ChrisCoyleTEArizona State
76BrentQvaleOLNebraska
79CorneliusLucasOLKansas State
78Erle (Jr.)LadsonOLDelaware
66KevinDanserOLStanford
75TreyHopkinsOLTexas
74KarimBartonOLMorgan State
60RyanMcGrathOLOhio
77BrianClarkeOLBloomsburg
65MattParadisOLBoise State
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Defense
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
91KasimEdebaliDLBoston College
96DonnieOwensDLWinston-Salem
50NateAskewDETexas A&M
97JakeMetzDLShippensburg
92LawrenceVirgilDLValdosta State
93Seali'iEpenesaDLUCLA
90JimmyStatenDLMiddle Tennessee State
95RickyTjong-A-TjoeDLBoise State
56BrockCoyleLBMontana
51BrandonWattsLBGeorgia Tech
52JeremiahGeorgeLBIowa State
53MikeMarryLBMississippi
55AndrewWilsonLBMissouri
54KevinPierre-LouisLBBoston College
59AveryWilliamsonLBKentucky
35Charles (III)SawyerDBMississippi
26BrandonDixonDBNW Missouri State
29BrianDixonDBNW Missouri State
25CianteEvansDBNebraska
34JabariPriceDBNorth Carolina
45NickWilliamsDBNorth Alabama
23JerryGatesDBBowling Green
37SammySeamsterDBMiddle Tennessee State
20DemetriusWrightDBSouthern California
24CJBarnettDBOhio State
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Special Teams
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
6VincenzoD'AmatoKCalifornia
12TylerCampbellPMississippi
67ChrisMaikranzLSLamar
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National

Offense
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
46Ray (Jr.)AgnewFBSouthern Illinois
66JoshAllenOLLouisiana-Monroe
21Martin (Jr.)BaylessWRCentral Methodist
69JaredBiardOLColorado State
85KadronBooneWRLSU
15KoltonBrowningQBLouisiana-Monroe
80IsaiahBurseWRFresno State
82AsanteClevelandTEMiami
44J.C.CopelandFBLSU
68KenariousGatesOLGeorgia
86Je'RonHammWRLouisiana-Monroe
72JonotthanHarrison-NelsonOLFlorida
12BrendonKayQBCincinnati
64DallasLeeOLGeorgia
63D.J.MorrellOGOld Dominion
14ConnorShawQBSouth Carolina
70WillSimmonsOLEast Carolina
29JamesSimsRBKansas
87DarrylSurgentWRLouisiana-Lafayette
3EricThomasWRTroy
10DustinVaughanQBWest Texas A&M
81AsaWatsonTENorth Carolina State
22Julius "Trey"WattsRBTulsa
71JoshWellsOLJames Madison
73JaredWheelerOLMiami
32AnthonyWilkersonRBStanford
16Albert (II)WilsonWRGeorgia State
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Defense
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
38KennethAckerDBSMU
90DenicoAutryDLMississippi State
23LonnieBallentineDBMemphis
99RakimCoxDLVillanova
58BradDalyLBMontana State
94ChrisDavenportDLTulane
78JohnnieFarmsDLMemphis
91DavidGilbertDEMiami
50KeenanGrahamDLUCLA
30AJHighsmithDBMiami
27KendallJamesDBMaine
92HowardJonesDLShepherd
52JesseJosephLBConnecticut
41Kavon "Mark"JoyceDBSouthern Florida
31T.J. (III)LeeDBEastern Washington
25JimmyLegreeDBSouth Carolina
57ShaunLewisLBOklahoma State
42JordanLoveDBTowson
67JamieMederDLAshland
33TyreeMillsDBSouthern Utah
55StephonRobertsonLBJames Madison
56DeontaeSkinnerLBMississippi State
39AbdulSmithDBTemple
54MarquisSpruillLBSyracuse
98KhyriThorntonDLSouthern Mississippi
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Special Teams
NUMBERFIRSTLASTPOSCHOOL
9CairoSantosKTulane
11TomHornseyPMemphis
53TrevorGilletteLSRice
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Top Prospects

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks drops back to pass against the Missouri Tigers during the second half on October 26, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aike
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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

Nov 23, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defender Jeremiah George (52) tackles Kansas Jayhawks running back Connor Embree (34) in the fourth quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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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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