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FCS players seek to turn heads at Tropical Bowl

(STATS) - FCS-level players are among those participating in the Tropical Bowl on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The third annual college all-star game will be played at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. Since 2016, over 110 participants have gone on to pro teams.

FCS players named to the American Team, coached by Todd Littlejohn, are running back Eugene Bethea (Southeastern Louisiana), wide receiver Thomas Lucas (Duquesne), offensive linemen Joseph Kuperman (Cal Poly) and Austin Olsen (Southern Illinois), defensive ends Davond Dade (Portland State) and Richard Johnson (Howard), linebacker Deion Pierre (Samford) and safety Christopher Cooper (Stony Brook).

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Leaders
Passing Yards: B. Martin793
Passing TDs: B. Martin6
Rushing Yards: I. Johnson683
Rushing TDs: S. Gilkey Jr6
Receiving Yards: A. Hollins694
Receiving TDs: A. Hollins7
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/31 at Indiana State W 22 - 20
9/9 at Northern Illinois L 10 - 38
9/16 vs. Illinois State L 13 - 44
9/23 vs. Southeast Missouri State W 19 - 16
9/30 at Tennessee State W 19 - 16
10/7 vs. Tennessee Tech W 24 - 23
10/14 at Murray State W 27 - 24
10/21 vs. Jacksonville State L 14 - 30
10/28 at UT Martin L 10 - 27
11/4 vs. Eastern Kentucky W 23 - 20
11/18 at Austin Peay L 13 - 28
Ohio Valley
  Conference Overall
9 Jacksonville State 8-0 10-2
Austin Peay 7-1 8-4
Eastern Illinois 5-3 6-5
Tennessee-Martin 4-4 6-5
Southeast Missouri State 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 3-5 4-7
Tennessee State 2-5 6-5
Murray State 2-5 3-8
Tennessee Tech 1-7 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3229 (98)
Passing Yards: 1821 (99)
Rushing Yards: 1408 (85)
Points per game: 17.6 (102)
Yards per game: 293.5 (99)
Touchdowns: 22 (99)
Field Goals: 11 (39)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3902 (44)
Passing Yards: 2179 (37)
Rushing Yards: 1723 (63)
Points per game: 26.0 (62)
Yards per game: 354.7 (50)
Touchdowns: 31 (37)
Field Goals: 18 (121)
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