North Carolina schools went 4-1 this bowl season. Clearly, there were some impressive individual performances in the five games.
Here is our third annual North Carolina All-Bowl Team for in-state schools.
Quarterback: Duke’s Daniel Jones completed 30 of 41 for 423 yards and five touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ Independence Bowl win over Temple. That gave him a slight edge over Wake’s Jamie Newman (323 yards passing, 91 rushing, responsible for four touchdowns).
Running back: Darrynton Evans, App State: 14 rushes for 108 yards, including a 62-yard run. One kickoff return for 21 yards.
Reggie Gallaspy, NC State: 14 rushes for 79 yards, one catch for 12.
Wide receiver: TJ Rahming, Duke: 12 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns, earning him a spot on most national all-bowl teams.
Alex Bachman, Wake Forest: 7 catches for 171 yards.
Zachary Leslie, NC A&T: 6 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. Two punt returns for 29 yards.
Tight end: Cary Angeline, NC State: 2 catches for 33 yards.
Guards: Phil Haynes, Wake Forest and Ryan Neuzil, App State.
Center: Garrett Bradbury, NC State.
Tackles: Tyler Jones, NC State and Robert Kraeling, Duke.
Kicker: Nick Sciba, Wake Forest: Three field goals of 36, 39 and 49 yards.
Defensive line: Darian Roseboro, NC State: 5 tackles, 5 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss
Okon Godwin, App State: 4 tackles, 2 solo, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL
Drew Jordan, Duke: 5 tackles, 4 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble
Willie Yarbary, Wake Forest: 6 tackles, 6 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL.
Linebackers: Justin Strnad, Wake Forest: 11 tackles, 9 solo, 1 TFL, making him the only repeat member of the All-Bowl team.
Akeem Davis-Gaither, App State: 10 tackles, 7 solo, 1.5 TFL
Antoine Wilder, NC A&T: 5 tackles, 3 solo, 1 TFL, 4 pass breakups.
Defensive backs: Damani Neal, Duke: 8 tackles, 7 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Richie Kittle, NC A&T: 9 tackles, 6 solo, 4 TFL
Tae Hayes, App State: 4 tackles, 4 solo, 1 PBU, 1 interception, returned for 27 yards
Brandon Feamster, Duke: 4 tackles, 4 solo, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 interception, returned for 8 yards.
Punter: A.J. Cole, NC State: 6 punts for a 47.5 average and a long of 72 yards.
Return man: Malik Wilson, NC A&T: 4 returns for 112 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.
There were also plenty of players from North Carolina who left the state for college. Here’s the North Carolina Products All-Bowl Team.
Quarterback: Kelvin Hopkins (Charlotte/Independence), Army: 11 carries for 170 yards and 5 touchdowns, 3-of-3 passing for 70 yards.
Running back: Larry Rountree (Raleigh/Millbrook), Missouri: 27 carries, 204 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch for 3 yards.
Kennedy McKoy (Lexington/North Davidson), West Virginia: 17 carries, 73 yards, 1 TD, 1 catch, 3 yards.
Wide receiver: Deandre Thompkins (Hubert/Swansboro), Penn State: 4 catches for 74 yards.
Trevion Thompson (Durham/Hillside), Clemson: 3 catches for 16 yards in two playoff games.
Tight end: Dontea Jones (Jireh Prep), Mississippi State
Offensive line: Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville/Pine Forest), Georgia: Started at center, served as team captain, recovered a fumble. It’s his third straight year on the N.C. Products all-bowl team.
Eric Douglas (Charlotte/Mallard Creek), South Carolina.
Sean Pollard (Jackson Springs/Pinecrest), Clemson. His second year on the team.
Chris Lutzel (Huntersville/Southlake Christian), Baylor. Served as long-snapper.
Defensive line: Justin Foster (Shelby/Crest), Clemson: 4 tackles, 2 solo, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL
Anthony Rush (Raleigh/Cary), UAB: 5 tackles, 2 solo, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL
Julian Okwara (Charlotte/Ardrey Kell), Notre Dame: 1 tackle, 1 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Darius Hodge (Wake Forest), Marshall: 3 tackles, 3 solo, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery for 29 yards.
Linebackers: Spencer Eason-Riddle (Raleigh/Leesville Road), South Carolina: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Sherrod Greene (Rocky Mount), South Carolina: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Dax Hollifield (Shelby), Virginia Tech, 3 tackles, 1 solo, 1 forced fumble.
Cornerbacks: Michael Shelton (Raleigh/Wakefield), BYU: 2 tackles, 2 solo, 1 PBU, 2 punt returns for 21 yards.
Mark Fields (Charlotte/Hough), Clemson: 2 PBU.
Safeties: Jalen McClinton (Charlotte/Charlotte Christian), Army: 5 tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL, 3 PBU, his second year on the all-bowl team.
Tanner Muse (Belmont/South Point), Clemson: 8 tackles, 7 solo, 1 PBU, 1 Forced fumble in two playoff games.
Other N.C. products that appeared in bowl games for out-of-state teams (based on participation reports from each bowl game):
QB: Austin Kendall (Waxhaw/Cuthbertson), Oklahoma: 1 snap
RB: Jeremiah Hall (Charlotte/Vance), Oklahoma; Michael Parrott (Canton/Pisgah), Miami; Diondre Overton (Greensboro/Page), Clemson; Jager Gardner (Black Mountain/Charles D Owen), Temple; Tre Harbison (Shelby/Crest), NIU; Sandon McCoy (Kannapolis/AL Brown), Army; Rico Dowdle (Asheville/AC Reynolds), South Carolina; Tre Turner (Greensboro/NW Guilford), Virginia Tech; Moe Neal (Gastonia/Forestview), Syracuse; Abdul Adams (Hillside), Syracuse.
WR: Trey Ellis (Charlotte/Ardrey Kell), Vanderbilt; Glen Coates (Davidson/Davidson Day School), Army; Michael Roberts (Charlotte/Vance), Army; Bryce Wheaton (Fuquay Varina/Holly Springs), West Virginia
DL: Autry Lee (Albemarle), Mississippi State; Marlon Dunlap (Charlotte), Florida; Zion Debose (Salisbury/North Rowan), Virginia Tech, Raymond Wright (Charlotte/Ardrey Kell), Army; Jabril Robinson (Leland/North Brunswick), West Virginia; Rick Sandidge (Concord), South Carolina.
LB: Jack King (Matthews/Providence), Army; Jake Ellington (Zebulon/East Wake), Army.
DB: Daniel Jackson (Apex/Middle Creek), FIU; Sean Kelly (Cary/Green Hope), Alabama; Jaylin Dickerson (Southern Pines/Pinecrest) South Carolina; Divine Deablo (Winston-Salem/Mount Tabor), Virginia Tech; Jefferie Gibson (Hope Mills), Arkansas State; Kahlil Robinson (Charlotte/Southlake Christian), Toledo; Aapri Washington (Charlotte/Moutain Island Charter), Buffalo; Caleb Farley (Hickory/Maiden), Virginia Tech.