The second annual College All-Star Bowl will be played in Paladin Stadium at Furman University this Friday, February 14.
Two Crusaders, wide receiver Freddie Martino and linebacker Braelen Meredith, along with North Greenville University’s wide receivers coach Brian Bratton have been invited to participate in the game. A half dozen mass communication students, alumnus, and instructor have been invited to participate in a different capacity. They will be sideline crew members with CBS Sports Network’s national broadcast expected to reach more than 60 million homes.
The College All-Star Bowl made its inaugural debut last year at North Greenville’s Younts Stadium. The bowl is an opportunity for NFL draft eligible seniors from South Carolina colleges as well as South Carolina natives who played for out-of-state-schools to display their talents to NFL scouts. Martino and Meredith are two of the one hundred players named to the roster.
NGU mass communication students that will participate in the broadcast are: Mary Erny, time-out coordinator; Jameson Jenkins, production assistant; Katelyn Miller, talent production assistant; Relly Moorer, statistics; Patrick Brown, statistics; and Josh Mulvaney, production assistant. James Warnex, a 2013 alumnus, will serve as a production assistant. Also, Andy Stevens, NGU media instructor, will work as a sideline handheld camera operator.
“I am excited that these students will have the chance to participate in the production of this game for a national audience,” says Stevens. “I also appreciate Jack Connors, the General Manager of WLOS (Channel 13), who regularly calls on NGU mass communications as a resource for production assistance when he is working in this area. He has become one of our greatest supporters in the Greenville/Asheville/Spartanburg market.”
Martino used 2013 as a statement year, setting an NCAA Division II record for receptions in a season with 146 catches for 1,680 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The North, SC native was a four-year starter for the Crusaders and has cemented his place in the record books at North Greenville. Since the 2010 season, Martino has played in 48 games, catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns while also scoring five times on the ground.
Meredith led the Crusader defense in 2013 with 89 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Woodruff, SC native was a three-year starter for the Crusaders as a key piece in the 3-4 defense. In 44 career games, Meredith has totaled 185 tackles, including 34.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He has also broken up eight passes with one interception while forcing four fumbles and recovering another.
The College All Star Bowl will feature open practices for fans, autograph sessions, and NFL scouts. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.thecollegeallstarbowl.com or www.ticketmaster.com.