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Former east Hillsborough standouts play in bowl games


Since leaving their marks on football fields throughout eastern Hillsborough County, more than a dozen recent local athletes have made it to the college gridiron. Some are key contributors to their teams; others are just getting started at the collegiate level. Most play on teams with national championship aspirations; others on squads that simply strive for a postseason bid — a trip to a bowl game. For many college players from the area, this year, the holiday season means bowl season. So, sit back, sip some eggnog and revel in their success. Watch these former prep standouts on TV this weekend through the new year.

New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi

Sunday, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Local players: RB D.D. Kyles (Armwood) and RB Marquise Branton, above, (Armwood), Middle Tennessee

Car Care Bowl

North Carolina vs. No. 17 Pittsburgh

Dec. 26, Charlotte, N.C., 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Local player: DB Mywan Jackson (Armwood), North Carolina

Emerald Bowl

Boston College vs. No. 24 University of Southern California

Dec. 26, San Francisco, 8 p.m., ESPN

Local player: DT Conor O'Neal (Newsome), Boston College

Sun Bowl

No. 21 Stanford vs. Oklahoma

Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas, 2 p.m., Ch. 10

Local player: OL Bert McBride (Armwood), Stanford

Outback Bowl m

Auburn vs. Northwestern

Jan. 1, Raymond James Stadium, 11 a.m., ESPN

Local player: RB Eric Smith , above, (Armwood), Auburn

Sugar Bowl m

No. 5 Florida vs. No. 3 Cincinnati

Jan. 1, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 13

Local players: OL Matt Patchan, above, (Armwood) and OL Gary Beemer (Newsome), Florida

International Bowl

University of South Florida vs. Northern Illinois

Jan. 2, Toronto, noon, ESPN2

Local players: OL Mark Popek (Plant City), OL Chaz Hine, right, (Newsome), LB Jacquian Williams (Riverview) and DE Ryne Giddins (Armwood), USF

Alamo Bowl

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech

Jan. 2, San Antonio, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN

Local player: DE Denzel Drone (Plant City), Michigan State

GMAC Bowl m

Central Michigan vs. Troy

Jan. 6, Mobile, Ala., 7 p.m., ESPN

Local player: DB Jahleel Addae (Riverview), Central Michigan

Former east Hillsborough standouts play in bowl games 12/17/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2009 3:30am]
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