The college football all-star season continues with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday. This annual spotlight of draft-eligible prospects is sponsored by the NFL Players Association and features players with a slightly lower profile than the other postseason exhibitions. The game itself kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on FS1 (live streams at Fox Sports Go and FuboTV).
Much like the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a showcase for up-and-coming NFL talent trying to impress scouts in attendance. In a bit of irony, the game is often the least important part of the process —the real emphasis is on the week of practice beforehand, when young players will be working with NFL coaches and schemes for the first time.
This year’s teams are led by Mike Martz and Darrell Green, with Martz coaching the National team. Green is making his head-coaching debut here when he leads the American team.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is known for unearthing hidden gems and underrated talents. Last year’s game featured running back Tarik Cohen, who got a chance to show off his game-breaking talents. Cohen got drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears and scored four touchdowns while providing a number of dazzling highlights.
Another prominent player was cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who won a starting job after the Seattle Seahawks took him in the third round. Those are just two examples of why it’s worth paying attention to this game --- you never know where your team’s next big contributor is coming from.
This year’s most notable names include quarterback Kenny Hill, who led TCU to an 11-3 record and an Alamo Bowl victory. Running back Lavon Coleman is another name to watch after he played a critical role in Washington’s offense the past two years. The entire roster can be found here.
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- The NFLPA’s website has a handful of player profiles leading up to the game. Here’s one on Hill.
There are college football players who seem to arrive like a streak of lightning, dazzling so brightly it’s hard to imagine that they really existed. Then there are those who seem to play forever in a sport with so much turnover that they are almost ingrained within the landscape itself. Kenny Hill has somehow captured the essences of both archetypes: flashing onto the scene as a sophomore before ultimately maturing into the finished product that led TCU to the Big 12 championship game in his senior year.
- And here’s another on East Carolina receiver Davon Grayson.
East Carolina has been sending receivers to the NFL like clockwork, and Davon Grayson may very well be in line to follow that legacy. After both Justin Hardy and Zay Jones set the NCAA record in receptions, the standard was set for the Pirate wideouts at ECU. But Grayson has managed to make his own mark in his own way as a focal point of the offense.