Hoover, AL -- With 88 players who participated in the 20th USA Football Bowl physical measurements testing conducted and certified by scouts from the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans on January 17, 2014 added to the official NFL registry along with those players competing in the East - West Shrine Game, NFLPA Game and Senior Bowl, the next steps on the "Road to the Pros" are the NFL, CFL and AFL draft selection processes.

January 21 - AL.COM - Hoover Strong Candidate for USA Football return
January 21 - AL.COM - Players say they got looks from NFL scouts
January 20 - AL.COM - Three UAB Players excited about their opportunities at USA Football Bowl
January 20 - AL.COM - Concordia Players ready for their chance at USA Football Bowl
January 19 - AL.COM - Organizer of USA Football Bowl at Hoover Met says numbers aren't everything
January 18 - AL.COM - Three UAB Blazers added to USA Football Bowl roster
January 17 - Hoover Sun - Hoover Bucs named USA High School Public School Champions
November 21 - ABC 27 - WHTM - Hoover Met to host 20th USA Football Bowl
88 USA Football Bowl players added to certified NFL Physical Measurement Registry

Hoover, AL --- Arkansas Tech's Luke Halpin and Wittenbrg's Reed Florence combined to connect on 18 of 26 aerial attempts for 180 yards and three touchdowns as the Admirals, under the directon of Geoge Cumpy, head coach of Texas College of the NAIA, rolled to a 37-13 victory over the Generals of Marcus James (Atlanta Sharks of the American Indoor Football League) on January 20, 2014 (MLK National Holiday) before a crowd of 2,589 spectators at the Hoover Met Stadium. Halpin (5-9, 176) completed eight of 11 passes for 68 yards and a pair of second pointers while Florence (6-2, 197), the recipient of the 2nd Annual Jim Ballard Division III Quarterback of the Year Trophy at the USA College Football Awards Banquet on the eve of the game, completed 10 of 15 throws for 112 yards and a touchdown.
With 3:39 remaining in the opening quarter, Florence hooked up on a 18-yard TD strike to Arkansas - Monticello TE Jamal Nixon (5-11, 210) to put on the Admirals on the board. Halpin pitched a a five-yard TD strike to Albright's TE Eric Wade (6-2, 261) increase the Admirals' advantage to 13-0 and start a run of 17 unanswered Admirals second quarter points. With 3:17 remaining before the halftime break, Olivet Nazarine's Andrew Musljakovich split the uprights with a 51-yard field goal while University of Alabama/Birmingham fullback Santonio Jones (5-10, 230) bolted two yards into the end zone with 1:06 left on the second quarter clock.

On Friday evening, scouts from the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders handed each of the players questionnaire forms and teamed up to conduct and certify physical measurements at the official event venue, the Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover. At the initial Media Session held later at in the Banquet Facility at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, a representative from the Houston Texans joined for the height and weight certification process with scouts from the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League in attendance.

Following the halftime festivities, the third quarter turned into a defensive battle. The game was played uder sunny skies with a slight wind and temperatures in the upper 50s. Ruggiero keyed the Admirals' on the defensive side of the ball, registering seven tackles, three of which were solo hits while Wabash LB Nate Scola (5-9, 229), the North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, collected six tackles, with Colorado Mines LB Jacob Edmiston (6-1, 218) recording five tackles, two solos and a tackle for loss of seven yards along with Minnesota - Crookston LB (6-0, 225) chipping in with five tackles. The Generals who blanked the Admirals over the next 15 minites were led by defensive stalwarts including Concord (WV) LB Jacob Lilly (5-10, 203) and Mars Hill (NC) DB Sammy Siasia (5-10, 188) sharing team-high honors with seven tackles apiece. Valpariso LB Patrick Derback (6-0, 214) registered six tackles while Savannaha State DL Micah Blount (6-4, 237) had five tackles and one and a half tackles for losses of eight yards. Kentucky Chritstian LB Marvin Newkirk (5-11, 287) and Southwest Assemblies of God (TX) DL Rodney Johnson (6-2, 317) posted five tackels and two solo hits each along with the Williams, UNC - Pembroke DB Frederick (6-1, 222) and Kentucky Christian DB Jemichael (5-8, 189) who colleceted five tackles apiece.

Truman State (MO) WR Dallas Grier (6-2, 197) hauled in a four year TD toss from Albright signal caller Tom Luddy (6-0, 205) to put the Generakls on the board 1:46 into the final quarter. With 6:58 remaining on the game clock, Halpin fliipped his second six-pointer of the game. a nine-yard pass to Concord WR David Hampton (6-4, 192). A minute and a half later, West Georgia RB Quantavius Jones (5-10, 210) blasted three yards over the goal line to raise the Admirals' advantage to 37-7. Fayetteville State (NC) RB C.J. Bailey (5-11, 216) commpleted the scoriing for the Generals with 1:09 left until the finaal whistle when he raced six yards nto the end zone.
"I think it was good exposure," said Grier, who was the offensive MVP for the Generals. "You got to meet people, you got to compete against a lot of people who have obviously proved themselves at their respective schools. It was a sharpening tool and hopefully we caught somebody's eye out here." Grier said he filled out a questionnaire when he arrived from the Green Bay Packers. He met a scout from the Oakland Raiders  who was present.

Zane Brown, the Generals' defensive MVP from Texas A&M - Kingsville, said there were quite a few scouts when they initially came to town. "The first day there were probably 10 NFL scouts and seven of the nine CFL teams, and a couple of indoor football teams," he said. "The NFL teams were the ones who actually measured us - height, weight, arm length and that stuff."

NEW YORK, NY -- USA College Football will announce its 25th Annual All-American Football Teams as follows: January 27 - Small College Division (NAIA, NCCAA, USCAA); January 29 - Division III; January 31 - Division II; February 1 - Division I-AA (FCS); February 2 - Divsion I-A (BCS).

Division I A
Division I - AA
Division II
Division III