College Football

Former Bluffton football star McDonnell earns invite to National Bowl Game

sports@islandpacket.comDecember 8, 2013 

Newberry College senior Jordan McDonnell, a 2008 Bluffton High School graduate and the Bobcats' 2007 MVP, will participate in the fourth annual National Bowl Game on Sunday in Miami.

The game will be played at noon on Sunday at Florida International University's Alfonso Field.

McDonnell, a hybrid back who originally signed with Charleston Southern before transferring to Newberry, was the Wolves' leading receiver out of the backfield with 23 catches for 235 yards. He also had a rushing touchdown.

He is a member of The Order of the Gray Stripe, the football team's honor council.

The National Bowl Game, according to its website, is an "elite non-FBS postseason all-star game that sees scouts from several NFL teams along with the CFL and arena leagues. The bowl rosters are unique in that they give the NFL, CFL and additional scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools many college football fans may not have even heard of."

Newberry finished this season 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference while earning its second NCAA Division II playoff berth. The Wolves fell at Carson-Newman, 37-27, in the first round.

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