BALTIMORE, Md. — A pair of Morgan State football seniors will appear in the third annual HBCU All-Star Bowl this weekend.
Tight end Lamont Bryant and defensive end Zary Stewart are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will include players from HBCUs from both the Division I and II levels. There are 43 players who were selected to play from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Bryant was the lone Moran State player on the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-conference first team, while Stewart finished as a second team selection.
Bryant, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior from Newport News, Va., grabbed five passes for 55 yards as a junior in 2010, had a breakout year in 2011 with 21 receptions, 371 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His receptions yardage was the best this season for a tight end in the conference.
Stewart, an Upper Marlboro, Md. product, was a relentless pass rusher for the Bears this season. The 6-4, 260-pounder was ranked No. 6 in the MEAC in sacks (6), T-No. 8 in tackles for loss (13) and completed the season with 44 tackles (28 solo).
The players will have the chance to work out for professional scouts from all levels in a combine-style setting, then compete against their contemporaries in the all-star game.
The 2011 game will be broadcast live by Herb FM from the Georgia Dome, with Christopher Heidel and Steve Zulich doing the play by play at http://www.live365.com/stations/herbtmproductions?site=pro.
In the Bowl’s three year history, professional scouts from the NFL, CFL, UFL, and Arena Football have attended the HBCU All-Star Bowl to evaluate the quality of HBCU players available. The bowl week kicks-off with a one day Official Combine administered by National Football Scouting, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with the combine, the bowl week schedule includes practices and player interviews with professional teams. The week also includes player hospital visits, a life skills session, financial advisor seminar and entertainment weekend events.
The 2011 NFL Draft weekend resulted with a total of three HBCU Football players from the 2010 HBCU All-Star Bowl game that were drafted: South Carolina State OL J.C. Culbreath – Detroit Lions, Alabama A&M DL Frank Kearse – Miami Dolphins and Florida A&M CB Curtis Holcomb to the San Francisco 49ers were all drafted in the seventh round. A record total number of thirty-five (35) players from the 2010 HBCU All-Star Bowl signed NFL free agent contracts.
The 2010 NFL Draft produced (2) two HBCU draft picks with Morehouse OL Ramon Harewood going to the Baltimore Ravens and Phillip Adams going to the San Francisco 49ers. (16) sixteen HBCU Football Student Athletes signed free-agent agreements. Each of these eighteen (18) players were participants in the 2009 Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl.
For more information go to www.hbcubowl.com.