December 3 – MIAMI, Fla. – Bethany College senior standouts, receiver Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and offensive lineman Beau Bertus (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South), will take their talents to South Beach as they compete in the National Bowl on Sunday, December 6 at FIU Stadium on the campus of Florida International University.
The National Bowl Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of top players from non-FBS schools. The sixth-annual game will be played on Sunday at 10 am at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium. The game showcases All-American and all-conference seniors from around the Nation that travel to the game from over 30 states, representing over 400+ Division II, III and NAIA schools.
The contest gives scouts from various professional leagues, including the National Football League, a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend. The National Bowl is coached by pro coaches and has featured coaches such as AFL's Brian Ferguson and veteran arena coach Kevin O'Hanlon who are set to return for the 2015 game.
A three-time First-Team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference selection, Blinn finished his four-year career at Bethany as the most prolific pass catchers that the school has ever seen. He completed his tenure as the PAC career record holder in receptions (344) and receiving yards (4,261). Additionally, he was just the sixth player in conference history to amass 5,000 career all-purpose yards.
In his final year with the Bison, Blinn led the PAC in receptions with 93 total catches, 28 more than any other player in the conference. He totaled 1,136 yards receiving, ranking third in the league in yards per game (113.6). He also led the conference in touchdown catches (14).
Bertus, a Second-Team Pre-Season All-American selection by USAFootball, Inc. earned his second-consecutive Second-Team All-PAC award following his senior campaign. He started in 31 consecutive games during his tenure with the Green & White, including starting his last two seasons (21 games) protecting the blind side at left tackle.
Over the course of the 2015 season, Bertus was responsible for just three sacks, helping the Bison rank fourth in the conference in total sacks allowed. He paved the way for six, 100-yard rushing performances while blocking for a Bison single-season individual record 1,353 rushing yards. Behind his protection, the Bison offense averaged 33.3 points and 409.1 yards per game.
On Sunday both Blinn and Bertus will be suiting up for the National Team and head coach Kevin O’Hanlon, current head coach of the Trenton Freedom of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL).
The National Bowl is set to be played on Sunday, December 6 at 10 AM. You can catch the action on a tape delay, 24 hours after the event by visiting the National Bowl’s website at www.nationalbowl.org.