In a college all-star game featuring NFL Draft-eligible players who were either born in Florida or played high school or college football in the state, Bobby Bowden’s North squad trampled away Howard Schnellenberger’s South squad 51-3 in front of a crowd of a few thousand at FAU Stadium.
“It was tough to watch. Thank goodness I was able to allow the time keepers to run the clocks,” Schnellenberger said.
Jacksonville University quarterback Josh McGregor led three scoring drives for the North in the opening quarter. South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia added to the North’s 37-0 halftime lead by throwing two third-quarter touchdowns, including a 60-yarder to Louisville’s Josh Bellamy, in the one-sided game.
Wisconsin Badgers defensive back Antonio Fenelus, a former Boca Raton High School standout and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, was the game’s only player to be invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
The game featured eight players from the University of Miami, seven each from USF and UCF, six from Florida State and Bethune-Cookman, three from Florida A&M and FAU and two each from FIU and the University of Florida. Most are considered a no-shot to get drafted, but took advantage of the opportunity to be seen by 140 scouts — including those from 29 NFL teams, four Canadian Football League teams and one Arena League team.
“I thought the difference was the quarterbacks. Of course then I outsmarted him, too,” Bowden said.
McGregor, was among the standouts. He followed up 2-yard TD run by Florida State’s Jermaine Thomas on the game’s opening drive with a a 1-yard touchdown run and completed 11 of his 12 attempts for 123 yards while helping build a 20-0 lead before the South could gain a first down.
North outside linebacker Jordan Delegal was among the former local high school standouts who went to college outside the state who played impressive. The former Hollywood Chaminade standout returned an interception 29 yards in the second quarter, and finished with seven tackles. Delegal finished his senior season at Northern Illinois with 84 tackles.
Cornerback De’Andre Presley, a standout at Appalachain State, made one of the most impressive plays of the night when he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. Presley caught the punt, bounced off a defender and ran backwards before reversing field and following his blocker.
Former FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll started for the South, but struggled. He finished 1 of 6 for minus-2 yards passing.