Locals get chance to shine in bowl games

By Austin Lyon, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With 41 bowl games, it's hard to keep track of which matchups deserve your attention.

The Foster Farms Bowl and Advocare V100 Texas Bowl probably don't immediately strike you as must-see TV. But what might pique your interest is the presence of former Central Florida and Bay Area prep stars now making an impact on the college gridiron.

Lake Mary grad Nick Westbrook is the leading receiver for Indiana. The sophomore is just shy of 1,000 receiving yards this season and was honorable mention All-Big Ten. You can catch him Wednesday night in the Foster Farms Bowl against Utah.

Rayshawn Jenkins was a three-star recruit coming out of St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut. He's now the latest in a line of great safeties at Miami. The NFL Draft prospect will suit up for the Canes against West Virginia in Wednesday's Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.

Locals figure to be heavily involved on special teams late Wednesday night in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl between Texas A&M and Kansas State.

Tarpon Springs East Lake grad Daniel LaCamera is the kicker for the Aggies. He's made 17 field goals this year and on kickoffs, he'll be trying to keep the ball away from speedy Wildcats return man Byron Pringle. The former Robinson Knight is Kansas State's leading receiver and a threat to find the endzone at any time.

Two defensive players to watch are North Carolina's Cole Holcomb and Tennessee's Corey Vereen.

Holcomb, an unheralded recruit from New Smyrna Beach, is the second leading tackler for North Carolina.

Vereen is a West Orange grad. He has six sacks this season and more than 100 career tackles.

Both the Vols and Heels will take the field on Friday.