Ducasse Selected To Play In Senior Bowl
Jan. 18, 2010
MOBILE, Ala. - The Under Armour Senior Bowl hopes to continue its tradition of providing the proving ground for small school standouts with the addition of three players from non-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to its roster today. Wayne State running back Joique (pronounced JOYK) Bell, Citadel wide receiver Andre Roberts and Massachusetts offensive tackle Vladimir Ducasse have all accepted invitations to the 2010 game, bowl officials announced today. Kickoff for the January 30th event is set for 3pm (CT) in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game will be televised by the NFL Network.
Bell took home the Harlon Hill Trophy this season (Division II Player of the Year) after rushing for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns. He is a four-time first team All-GLIAC selection and finished his career with 6,728 rushing yards--the sixth best output in Division II history and eighth best in NCAA history. He averaged 152.91 rushing yards per game (11th in Div. II/25th in NCAA history) throughout his career and scored 576 points (4th in Div. II/5th in NCAA history).
Bell's 8,055 career all-purpose yards rank fourth in Division II history and ninth in NCAA history. He accounted for 100 total touchdowns in his career (88 rushing, 8 receiving, 4 passing) and leaves Wayne State as the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (6,728), rushing attempts (1,181), total offense (7,008) and total plays (1,198).
Roberts was named a Walter Payton Award finalist (FCS Player of the Year) and third team All-American by the Sports Network in 2009. He was also a first team All-Southern Conference selection by the league coaches and media this season after reeling in 77 catches for 792 yards and eight touchdowns. As a punt returner, Roberts tallied 217 yards--sixth best in FCS this year.
He leaves The Citadel as the school's all-time leader in single-game receptions (14), single-game punt returns (8), single-season receptions (95), single-season receiving yards (1,334), single-season punt return yards (461), career catches (285), career receiving yards (3,743) and career punt return yardage (1,160). He is also second all-time in Southern Conference history in career catches (285), career passing yards (3,743) and fourth in punt return yards (1,160).
Ducasse (pronounced DOO-cahss), a 6-5, 330 pound left tackle for the Minutemen, was a first team All-American (AP) and first team All-CAA selection this season. He was also named to the FCS Fabulous 50 his senior season and was part of an offensive unit that finished second in total offense (377.64 ypg), fourth in passing offense (229.18) and fifth in rushing offense (148.45 ypg) in the CAA this year. In 35 career starts, Ducasse helped pave the way for a 100-yard rusher in 23 games.
The Senior Bowl is well known for featuring players from non-FBS schools. Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook and Walter Payton are among the smaller school stars that call themselves Senior Bowl alums.