Griffin Selected FCS Senior Bowl Preseason All-American

Griffin gained 1,009 yards last season.

Griffin gained 1,009 yards last season.

Aug. 4, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior UMass tailback John Griffin was named to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl Preseason All-American Team. Griffin and his new Minutemen teammates begin preseason camp on Sunday, Aug. 8 and open the regular-season on Sept. 4 vs. William & Mary. Griffin transferred to UMass after three seasons at Northeastern, where he was the only CAA player to rush for 1,000 yards in the regular-season in 2009.

He ran for 1,009 yards on 207 carries with five touchdowns, while catching 25 passes for 178 yards during the 2009 campaign. Griffin was named First Team All-CAA, Northeastern's Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. He was also named to the 2009 New England Football Writers Football Championship Subdivision All-Star team

Here is the official press release.

The following players have been selected as preseason football All-Americans by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a post season all-star game showcasing the talent of senior players from the NCAA FCS Division (formally 1-AA ) football level. This Bowl game is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League ( and will be held December 11, 2010 at the Joseph St. Lawrence Sports Complex Stadium, in Ramapo, New York. Player selections for this showcase game begin with the announcement of the FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American team members as listed below. This preseason team recognizes the football achievements of senior players who are entering their final season on the FCS level. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee will review player performance throughout the 2010 season. They have a committed effort to bring 86 of the top 2010 FCS players. represented in a North vs South game format, to the NYC metro area for this bowl game.

Collegiate Development Football League co-founder, Peter St. Lawrence, stated the following during the July 25, 2010 press conference announcing this bowl game, " We are proud and excited to present this game for the players on the FCS level". " The FCS Senior Scout Bowl will showcase the outstanding talent, quality and character of football players found on the FCS Level." Peter St. Lawrence stated, "The announcement today of our FCS preseason All-American team, along with our established D3 Senior Classic game, reflects our continued commitment to promote the exceptional players found in college football beyond the BCS level".



Peter St. Lawrence added, " Our FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee will work diligently over the next months, to seek the most talented and deserving players for selection, from the graduating class of 2011. " The FCS Senior Scout Bowl organization committee has partnered with the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) for assistance in the player selection process. The BSN network ( will host a platform by which players can provide their profiles, general information, and updated stats for the selection committee to review.

Last season the Collegiate Development Football League- D3 Senior Classic selection committee chose two players who were not on any All-American list; Brandon Drumgoole, defensive end, from Greensboro College, recently drafted by the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and Joel Rivera, wide receiver, from William Patterson College (NJ), a free agent selection of the New York Jets.

FCS player invitations will begin to be mailed during the preseason and will continue until the November 15, 2010 commitment deadline. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl ( and The D3 Senior Classic Football Game ( are presented by the Collegiate Development FootballLeague (
Additional information for these game, can be obtained by calling the CDFL hot line number 845-445-3500 or by emailing

North Offense
First Team

QB- Chris Whitney, Villanova
RB- Chase Reynolds, Montana
RB- Kyle Minett, South Dakota State
WR- Dominque Barnes, Youngstown State
WR- Tyson Poots, Southern Utah
TE- Steve Skelton, Fordham
C- Alex Verlanic, Montana
G- Brant Clouser, Villanova
T- Ben Ijalana, Villanova
T- Will Rackley, Lehigh
OL-Paul Fenaroli, Stoney Brook
RET- Frantz Placide, Wagner
K- Kyle Dougherty, Southern Illinois

South Offense
First Team

QB- Jeremy Moses, Stephen Austin
RB- Chris Evans , Samford
RB- Rudell Small, Jacksonville
WR- Da'Marcus Griggs, Texas State
WR- Adam Mims, Furman
TE- Sherron Childress, Norfork State
C-- William Falakiseni, Norfolk State
G- Pat Illig, Wofford
G- David Arkin, Missouri State
T- Michael Booker, Northwestern State
T- John Culbreath, South Carolina State
RET- Terrace Holt, Austin Peay
K- John Paglia, Charleston Southern

North Defense
First Team

LB- J.C. Sherritt, Eastern Washington
LB- Sean Lamkin, Holy Cross
LB-Steve Cody, Princeton
LB-Scott Lewis, St. Francis (Pa)
DL-Yaki Ibia, Towson
DL-Christian Clark, Sacramento State
DL-Dan Ogden, Montana State
DE-Charles Bay, Dartmouth
DB-Cory Lindsey-Woods, Southern Illinois
DB-Dino Vasso, New hampshire
DB-Mike Landers, Robert Morris
DB-Collin Zych, Harvard
P- Kevin Cook, Eastern Illinois

South Defense
First Team

LB-Antoine Wilkerson, Missouri State
LB-Josh Bey, Tenn-Martin
LB-David Erby, South Carolina State
LB-Bryce Smith, Samford
DE-Christian Anthony, Grambling
DL-Kendrick Ellis, Hampton
DL-Markell Carter, Central Arkansas
DL-Martin Parker, Richmond
DB-Mark Legree, Appalachian State
DB-Eugene Clifford, Tennessee State
DB-T.J. Heath, Jacksonville State
DB-Jason House, Southern
P- Patrick Dolan, Nicholls State


North Offense
Second Team

QB-Pat Devlin, Delaware
RB- Myles Rush, Robert Morris
RB- Jared Turcotte, Maine
WR-Jason Caldwell, Fordham
WR-Mark Layton, Lafayette
TE-Schuylar Oordt, Northern Iowa
C- Ryan McKnight, South Dakota State
OL-David Pickard, Southern Illinois
OL- Mark Tos, UC-Davis
OL- Mike Person, Montana State
T- Eric Rodenmoyer, Youngstown state
RET- Matt Szczur, Villanova
K -Garrett Clawson, Robert Morris
South Offense
Second team

QB-Scott Riddle, Elon
RB-Karrington Bush, Texas State
RB-Devon Moore, Appalachian State
WR-Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern
WR- Kevin Grayson, Richmond
OL-Charles Smith, Texas Southern
G-Robert Ogletree, Mississippi Valley State
G- Cory O'Daniel, Gardner and Webb
T- Clark Bishop, Wofford
OL- Keith Hill, William & Mary
RET-Kiare Thompson, Grambling
K-Jason Vitaris, Appalachian State

South Defense
Second Team

LB- Ryan Rich, Jackson State
LB- D.J.Smith, Appalachian State
LB- Jabara Williams, Stephen Austin
LB- Mark Newbill, Southeastern Louisiana
DL-Malcolm Taylor, Alcorn State
DL-Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M
DE-Dain Taylor, Drake
DE-Josh Elison, McNeese State
DB-Anthony Johnson, Jackson State
DB-Kory Morrison, Alabama A&M
DB-Skylar Smith, Missouri State
DB-Justin Rogers, Richmond
P- Pedro Ventura ,Prarie View (Tx)

North Defense
Second Team

LB-Mark Masterson, Maine
LB-Terrance Thomas, Villanova
LB-Kyle Glazier, Western Illinois
LB-Alex Dimichele, Robert Morris
DL-Trevor Anderson, Albany DL- Eric Sobotka, UC-Davis
DL-Steve Young , New Hampshire
DE-Lamont Sonds, Colgate
DB-Josh Powers, Penn
DB-Rashad Haynes, Eastern Illinois
DB-Conrad Kjerstad, South Dakota State
DB-Dempsey Quinn, Cornell
P- Gabe Mullane, Indiana State


North Team - Honorable Mention ( OFF & DEF )

QB- Greg Sullivan, Colgate
DB-Steve Barker, Maine
RB- John Griffen, UMass
OL- Luis Ruffalo, Penn
LB-Nick Parrish, Georgetown
RET-Josue Paul, Central Conn. State
LB-Matt Hansen , Rhode Island
WR- John Kennedy, Lehigh
DB- Kenny Amsel, Monmouth
OL- Ricky Clerge. Lehigh
TE- Matt Tracey, Bryant
QB R.J. Toman, New Hampshire
DB-Akeem Anifowoshe, Southern Utah
LB- Rob Damon, Rhode Island
LB- Alex Gross, Columbia
RB- Nate Eachus, Colgate
DL- Eric Sobotka, UC-Davis
OL- Joe D'Orazio, Penn

South Team -- Honorable Mention ( OFF & DEF )

QB- Mike Herrick, Northern Arizona
LB-Dejuan Fulghum, Texas Southern
DT- Ibrahiam Abdulai, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
RB- Ryan White, Austin Peay
RET- CoCo Hillary, Appalachian State
DB-Kajuan Lee, Liberty
DB-Curtis Holcomb, Florida A&M
P-Josh Dora, Southern
OT- Chris Harr, Chattanooga
LB- Eric McBride, Richmond
QB-K.J. Black, Praire View A&M
DB- Curtis Thomas, Texas Southern
DT- Mike Stover, William and Mary
DL-Shaun Lewis, Jacksonville
LB-Jeff Williams, Gardner and Webb
DB-Re'keem Wilson, Southeastern Louisiana
DL- James Chen, Cal Poly

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