by Lions Sports Informations Department
Five members of the Lincoln University football team will take part in the annual FCS Bowl and National Bowl games held this weekend in Daytona, Florida.
The five players are seniors that have concluded their careers as a Lion and will have a chance to showcase their talents at least one more time.
Participating in the FCS Bowl game will be senior wide receivers Andre Price (Rialto, CA/Jurupa Hills (Chabot)) and Elijah Smith (Elmont, NY/Sewanhaka (Monroe College)), running back Rameses Owens(Warrensville Hgts., OH/Shaker Heights Robert Morris)) and defensive back Rhamir Thomas(Washington, PA/Washington (Youngstown St.)). Participating in the National Bowl will be offensive lineman Maso Dodd (Philadelphia, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Globe Tech)).
"It's wonderful to see our seniors selected to play in these bowl games," said Lincoln Head Coach Reginald Byarse Jr. "It is a testament of how hard all of guys worked throughout the season. No matter what, we fought through it all to the end."
Byarse will also be on the sidelines for the National Bowl, as an assistant with the National (Blue) Team. "Being selected to coach in the game is an honor," adds Byarse. "The dedication and sacrifice of our administration student-athletes, families, fans and coaching staff made this possible."
The National Bowl game will kickoff at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday December 10, 2017 at Daytona Municipal Stadium. The FCS Bowl will follow at 1:30 p.m.
Price, a senior wide receiver, concluded his senior year as the second leading receiver in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) with 48 catches and 825 receiving yards. Andre also led the team with five receiving touchdowns.
"Participating in the FCS bowl is a major blessing," said Price. "It's giving me an additional opportunity to showcase my ability against a higher level of competition on a bigger stage. This is something I want to take full advantage of in every way possible. Plus I get the chance to be evaluated by next level scouts first hand. I'm looking forward to the overall experience and being able to make a statement once again."
Price will play on the American Team (White). Smith and Owens will play opposite Price and the National Team (Blue).
Smith was the team's second leading receiver behind Price with 32 catches for 353 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned kicks at the start of the season, averaging 23.3 yards per return, the highest average on the team. "Being invited to the FCS bowl means a lot to me," said Smith. "I get to play with my brothers for one last time and also because I can get one step closer to my dream. I will be able to play with and against players in one of the highest divisions in football, which is a huge blessing."
Owens led the Lions in rushing last season with 447 yards while scoring five touchdowns. He also had nine catches for 62 yards. "I am honored for the opportunity to participate in this event," said Owens. "This game will create an increase of motivation to use what I have in order to get what I want."
Thomas was the Lions third leading tackler last season, recording 49 tackles while also recording one sack. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to showcase my talent, said Thomas. "And for the chance to put my pads on one more time."
Dodd will be the Lions lone player participating in the National Bowl and will play for the National (Blue) Team Lincoln Head Coach Reginald Byarse Jr. will also be on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the National Team.
"It means a lot to me that I've been selected to participate in the bowl game this weekend because even though the season didn't go as I had hoped it would," says Dodd. "It feels good to be recognized and acknowledged for my personal accomplishments on the football field."
The FCS Bowl is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools. The rosters give NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend.
The FCS Bowl is coached by pro coaches and features coaches such as NFL Coach Mike Stock formerly of the Green Bay Packers. The game has been attended by scouts from the NFL's St Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and has even seen scouting directors fly in. With its location, the bowl weekend continues to gain scouts attention. All 32 NFL teams receive and review the FCS Bowl film as the game and practice film are distributed directly to all NFL teams by NFL Films.
The National Bowl is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of top players from Non-FBS schools It is the elite and only current post-season all star game to focus on players below D1/FBS/FCS that get the opportunity to play in front of many NFL and CFL scouts and consistently gets 12 - 15 NFL Teams in attendance.
The FCS and National Bowl Games are presented by SPIRAL / East Preps LLC and founded by owner Michael Quartey Esq., also a former NFL Agent and All American football player at F&M.