Crusaders Represented At College All Star Bowl
Greenville, SC – North Greenville players Freddie Martino and Braelen Meredith along with wide receivers coach Brian Bratton have all been selected to participate in the College All Star Bowl on Feb. 14, 2014 at Furman University.
“It is a true honor to be asked to coach in this all star game. It lets me know that I’m doing something right,” said Bratton, a 2005 graduate of Furman University and a member of the Paladin Hall of Fame. “I also believe that it is a reflection of offensive coordinator Joe Pizzo, head coach Jeff Farrington and our entire University. I look forward to representing North Greenville with this opportunity.”
While at Furman, he was elected a 1-AA All-American and All- Southern Conference selection, while also being a member of two Southern Conference football championships teams in 2001 and 2004.
Bratton signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, receiving the opening kickoff of that season in Tokyo, Japan in the American Bowl. He finished the 2005 season and 2006 Season with the Baltimore Ravens, with a stop in NFL Europe with the Cologne Centurions during the spring of 2006.
In 2007 he signed his initial contract with the Montreal Alouettes where he ended up spending the next six seasons (2007-2012), helping the team to three Grey Cup appearances, two Grey Cup championships, and three East Division Championships.
Martino used 2013 as a statement year, setting an NCAA Division II record for receptions in a season with 146 catches for 1,680 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The North, SC native was a four-year starter for the Crusaders and has cemented his place in the record books at North Greenville. Since the 2010 season, Martino has played in 48 games, catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns while also scoring 5 times on the ground.
Meredith led the Crusader defense in 2013 with 89 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Woodruff, SC native was a three-year starter for the Crusaders as a key piece in the 3-4 defense. In 44 career games, Meredith has totaled 185 tackles, including 34.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He has also broken up 8 passes with 1 interception while forcing 4 fumbles and recovering another.
The 2nd Annual game will be held on February 14, 2014 at the newly renovated Paladin Stadium on the Furman University campus. The game will be broadcast nationally this year on the CBS Sports Network starting at 6:00pm Eastern.
This year will feature teams of the Nationals, led by Clemson National Champion Head Coach Danny Ford, and the Americans, led by College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Willie Jeffries of South Carolina State. Of course, like last year, each coaching/mentor staffs will be featuring NFL and collegiate stars.
This year teams will be determined by a unique player draft conducted by each team's coaching staffs and by the bowl's scouting department.
More information about the game and the schedule will be coming soon.