College Football

Gamecocks' Taylor on watch list for inaugural all-star game

Two other local products in contention to play in March contest in Greenville

info@islandpacket.comDecember 12, 2012 

South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor, a former Beaufort High standout, is one of three area high school products on the watch list for the inaugural S.C. College All-Star Bowl.

Bluffton's Jordan McDonnell, a Newberry fullback who transferred from Charleston Southern, and Thomas Heyward Academy's Taylor Malphrus, a North Greenville University wide receiver, were also on the list that was released last week.

Taylor has recorded 40 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and three sacks in 12 games for the Gamecocks this season. USC is set to play Michigan in the 1 p.m. Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

McDonnell didn't record a carry this season but caught 15 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown in nine games.

Malphrus led the Crusaders in scoring this year. In 11 games, he caught 15 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 17 times for 14 yards and five touchdowns. Malphrus also returned 15 kickoffs for an average of 20.5 yards.

The first S.C. College All-Star Bowl will be played at 3 p.m. on March 23, 2013 at North Greenville University. Players from South Carolina colleges and high schools are eligible.

Players from schools south of Interstate 20 will play for the Lowcountry team coached by longtime S.C. State coach Willie Jeffries, while players from north of I-20 will play for the Upstate team coached by former Clemson coach Danny Ford.

The final roster of two 50-player teams will be announced in January.

Details: www.sccollegeallstarbowl.com

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