Carson, CA – Usually kickers are honored and congratulated behind the scenes for knocking thru a game winner, but after all the dust settled, National’s kicker Andrew Bagget stood their hosting up the NFLPA MVP trophy in front of the small crowed at the StubHub Center after his 6 field goals propelled the National team to a 18-17 victory over the American team.
“I’m just happy I was invited to play in this game,” said Bagget. “These are all great coaches and it was fun to get the opportunity to be apart of all if it.”
The NFLPA game is one of many presented to draft prospects. It is an opportunity for players to improve their stock and demonstrate the potential they have to offer at the next level.
15 former athletes from Pac-12 programs participated the competition.
Former USC players Greg Townsend Jr and Antwaun Wooods where both on the American team along with former UCLA Bruin Devin Fuller.
Former Utah Ute Travis Wilson began the day at quarterback for the American side while former TCU QB Trevone Boykin started for the National team.
The American squad took a 17-9 lead into halftime after touchdowns by Jacobi Green and Jaydon Mickens, while the National team had to settle for 3 field goals.
Boykin had as many completions to the other team as he did to his. He went 1 for 3 for 6 yards and 1 interception, although he did show his ability to avoid pressure with his speed and quickness on a couple of scrambles.
Baggets 3 field goals in the second half were enough to edge the American team, which was held scoreless.
Coach Mike Martz led the National team and said, “This game continues to grow, the two years I’ve been part of this it just continues to get better. It is a great opportunity for these kids to show that they do belong at the next level. They also get to learn the differences of being at a college program and how NFL practices are run.”
Wilson finished the game 7 of 10 passing for 66 yards. Bowling Green running back Travis Greene led all rushers with 54 yards on 14 carries. Jordan Williams from Ball State led all receivers in catches (5) and yards (54).
Now after these NFL hopefuls have finished playing in this 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl they will take their memories, experiences and new knowledge to help get them into the NFL.