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January 10, 2014

Two former Blazers make Medal of Honor bowl game

VALDOSTA — When a college football player is finished with his college career, many set eyes on the next level, joining the National Football League.

In recent years, there have been a plethora of all-star games that showcase the talent eligible for the NFL draft. This year, a new bowl has surfaced entitled the Medal of Honor bowl game.

The bowl, located in Charleston, S.C., on the campus of The Citadel Military College, will feature 92 college all-stars from across the country.

The bowl will give players another chance to impress NFL scouts following the end of their senior seasons. While many of the players are not big-name stars, Medal of Honor Chairman Tommy McQueeney feels like each player invited is quality 4-7 round picks in the upcoming NFL draft.

“There is plenty of talent in college football. There maybe 400 to 500 players that are on that cutting edge to making it in pro football,” said McQueeney.

Two former Valdosta State Blazers will participate in the bowl to be played 2 p.m. today. Linebacker Jeremy Grable and wide receiver Gerald Ford will be representing the Blazers in this chance to impress NFL scouts.

In his last season, Grable gathered 88 tackles (second on the team) with 7 for loss, a blocked extra point return for a 98-yard score, and forced and recovered a fumble in addition to returning an interception back for a touchdown in his last game as a Blazer, which earned him a GSC Defensive Player of the Week honor. Grable is excited about the opportunity to be showcased at this level.

“Ability is nothing without opportunity, and opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door, and I am ready to show what I can do,” said Grable.

In Ford’s last season as a Blazer, he had 69 receptions for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns.

“Game day is the one true time to be yourself and excel in a memorable way. Just be who’ve always been and the blessings will fall accordingly. The field for me, is my safe-house,” said Ford.

Both players will be among a pool of others who will be playing lights out football to impress the NFL scouts. Ford and Grable will play as part of the American Team, coached by former Maryland Terrapins Head Coach Ralph Friedgen.

While the game will not be broadcast on local television, you can follow the game by visiting www.mohbowl.com

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