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Small school stars take center stage in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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Division 2 standout running back Terrell Watson, representing Azusa Pacific, won NFLPA Collegiate Bowl MVP honors on Saturday. Watson led the National team of college all-stars with 55 yards and a touchdown in leading his National team to a 17-0 victory on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is down the ladder in terms of star power in the college all-star circuit, but it is a terrific opportunity for some players from smaller schools to compete and catch the eye of an NFL coach or scout. Watson had his chance to do just that, as did Southern Illinois Malcolm Agnew, who complimented Watson’s production with 53 rushing yards for the National team. Eastern Kentucky running back Channing Fugate got one rushing attempt, and he made the most of it with a short touchdown run in the third quarter.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl did have some names most college football fans might be more familiar with though.

South Alabama quarterback Brandon Bridge led the National passers with 51 yards and Miami Ohio quarterback Andrew Hendrix added 47 yards. Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley had the most efficient day at receiver, leading the National team with 45 receiving yards on two catches.

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt was the leading passer for the losing American squad, completing seven of eight passes for 48 yards. Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato finished the game with 31 passing yards with a 50 percent completion percentage. Cato was also second on the American team in rushing with 15 yards. Prairie View A&M quarterback Jerry Lovelocke mixed in 40 passing yards. Missouri running back Marcus Murphy led the American team in rushing with 47 yards, and West Texas A&M wide receiver Anthony Johnson led the team with 40 receiving yards.

Lo Wood continues Irish pipeline to Miami (OH)

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Chuck Martin‘s hiring by Miami of Ohio as its head coach has continued to reap transfer benefits for the football program.

The father of Notre Dame defensive back Lo Wood confirmed to the South Bend Tribune Thursday that his son has decided to leave the Irish and finish out his college career with the RedHawks.  While Martin spent the past two seasons as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator, he was Wood’s position coach during his first two seasons in South Bend.

Lo Wood Sr. said Martin’s presence was the overriding factor in his son’s decision.

“It was all about coach Martin and opportunity,” said the dad. “Lo’s always liked and respected coach Martin. Lo accomplished his goal of reality, and that was getting a Notre Dame degree. Now it becomes about going after his dream, and that’s getting a chance to play to see if he can take his game to the NFL.”

Because of that degree, Wood will be eligible to play immediately in 2013.

Woods was a three-star member of the Irish’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 44 cornerback in the country.  He played in 33 games in 2010-11 and 2013, missing the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury.

Earlier this month, it was reported that quarterback Andrew Hendrix and tight end Alex Welsh would be leaving the Irish and transferring to the RedHawks.

Notre Dame QB transfers to Miami… Ohio

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With quarterback Everett Golson set to return to Notre Dame in 2014, another quarterback is looking for a chance to compete for playing time outside of South Bend. Andrew Hendrix will transfer to Miami Ohio, according to a report by ESPN.com Wednesday night.

Hendrix is a senior but has one final year of eligibility to use. In 2013 Hendrix was the back-up for Tommy Rees and appeared in six games. He attempted just 14 pass attempts for 56 yards in mostly mop-up duty for the Irish. He will join former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who is the new head coach of the RedHawks. His experience and knowledge of the offensive philosophies under Martin should help him make a push for playing time as early as possible for Miami.

Miami’s passing game was rough in 2013. The RedHawks had just eight touchdown passes and 1,491 passing yards all year long.

Hendrix will not have to sit out any time because he has already graduated from Notre Dame. Because he has a degree, he is exempt from the typical one-year wait that comes packaged with a transfer to another FBS school.