Northwestern’s Dupree Hart and Chris Bouyer and York’s Daurice Simpson were named to the South Carolina squad for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Monday.
The teams’ rosters were announced during a press conference in Charlotte where South Carolina’ coach, Pelion’s Ben Freeman, and North Carolina’s coach, Mooresville’s Hal Capps, shared their thoughts on their players and the game, set for Dec. 20 at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium.
“The worst part of it is over,” said Freeman. “Picking this team, there is a lot that goes into it, we started back in March, actually February, talking, meeting and going to all the combines. I’m relieved to have it over with and now we can go play football and coach them.”
Northwestern has two players playing in the Shrine Bowl for the second year running. Hart has played quarterback this year for Northwestern, but Freeman said he’ll absolutely be a receiver during Shrine Bowl week.
“He’s the leading receiver all-time in South Carolina, so we feel like he won’t forget how to do that,” said Freeman.
Freeman said his staff had seen two or three of Hart’s game tapes from this season, but they had all of last season’s tape when Hart played exclusively at receiver, the position that he played during the Shrine Bowl combine. South Carolina will run a spread offense against the N.C. squad, making Hart a valuable addition.
“We’re counting on him,” said Freeman. “He’s a play-maker. He’s very versatile and can do so many things. We even have toyed around with him putting him in the Wildcat because he’s done so well on his tape.”
Simpson played most of his first three years of high school ball as a receiver, but has made the shift to defensive back this season. That’s where he’ll play for the Sandlappers.
“We really concentrated him on defense and really liked how he played,” said Freeman, who was unaware Simpson had played offense until later in the decision process.
Simpson will be the first York player to play in the game since 2012, when Lee Wright suited up.
And Bouyer, coming from an annual offensive juggernaut like Northwestern may have been overlooked throughout his career, but not by South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl coaching staff.
“I really like how he plays, he plays hard, aggressive,” said Freeman. “He’s a great pass-rusher and we really need that.”
A number of the state’s best players will line up for the Sandlappers. Orangeburg-Wilkinson defensive tackle Albert Huggins is a highly coveted recruit and he’ll line up beside Woodland’s Georgia commitment, Michael Barnett. Several Clemson recruits will play in the game, led by Wren quarterback Kelly Bryant, and Boiling Springs offensive line anchor Noah Green.
Northwestern was one of several schools with two players chosen; Greenwood, Dutch Fork, Boiling Springs and Byrnes were the others.
South Carolina roster
|Dupree Hart||Northwestern||WR||1||College of Charleston (baseball)|
|Freddie Phillps||Pelion||OLB||3||N.C. State|
|Daniel Thompson||Boiling Springs||QB||7||Elon|
|Tyrik Johnson||Goose Creek||RB||15|
|Marquane Goodman||West Florence||QB||19|
|Matt Colburn||Dutch Fork||RB||33||Louisville|
|Lane Ecton||Dutch Fork||DB||37|
|Jordan Williams||Spring Valley||OLB||48|
|Eurdraus Bryant||Fort Dorchester||DL||54|
|Trevon Sanders||Garrett Academy||DL||63|
|Dennis Daley||Ridge View||OL||74|
|Zack Bailey||Summerville||OL||78||South Carolina|
|Noah Green||Boiling Springs||OL||79||Clemson|
|Rudy Johnstone||Christ Church||WR||84|
|Victor Johnson||North Augusta||OL||85||Appalachian State|
Head coach: Ben Freeman, Pelion; defensive coordinator/linebackers: Jeff Calabrese, Hartsville; defensive line: Justin Gentry, Chapin; offensive coordinator/receivers: Paul Sutherland, Pendleton; offensive line: Robert Williams, Christ Church; defensive backs: Steve Williams, Belton-Honea Path; offensive backs: Trey Woodberry, Fort Mill; trainer: Stacey Baynham, River Bluff.
North Carolina roster
|Tre Jackson||Avery County||K/P||1|
|JaReke Chambers||North Rowan||WR||6|
|Robert McKoy||Scotland County||DB||9|
|Kendall Hinton||Southern Durham||QB||10||Wake Forest|
|Jarius Morehead||Eastern Guilford||DB||15||N.C. State|
|Bryce Love||Wake Forest-Rolesville||WR||19|
|Johnny Frasier||Princeton||RB||22||Florida State|
|Jalen Dalton||West Forsyth||DL||24|
|Reggie Gallaspy||Southern Guilford||LB||26||N.C. State|
|Jaire Alexanders||Rocky River||DB||30||South Carolina|
|Nate Mullen||Hickory Ridge||WR||33|
|Michael Hughes||New Bern||DB||37|
|Shy Tuttle||North Davidson||DL||40||Tennessee|
|Dayshawn Pridgen||Eastern Wayne||DB||42|
|Edward Davis||Farmville Central||LB||44|
|Kevin Gehsmann||Western Guilford||LB||46|
|Tanner Muse||South Point||DB||48||Clemson|
|Mason Veal||Ardrey Kell||OL||50||North Carolina|
|Houshun Gaines||Nash Central||LB||51|
|Brandon McMillan||Scotland County||LB||53|
|Kevin Norton||Richmond County||OL||55|
|Joseph Legg||Jack Britt||OL||70|
|Cyrus Stanback||Richmond Senior||DL||72|
|Logan Tisch||Chapel Hill||OL||73||Clemson|
|Jared Johnson||Corinth Holders||OL||75|
|Duncan Musselwhite||New Bern||OL||76|
|Carl Tucker||Hough||TE||83||North Carolina|
|Khylil Miller||North Davidson||WR||84|
|Juval Mollette||Randleman||WR||89||North Carolina|
Head coach: Hal Capps, Mooresville; defensive line: Darrell Brewer, Avery County; defensive backs: Tom Eanes, Patton; QB/running backs: David Green, Williams; offensive line: Barry Honeycutt, Corinth Holders; linebackers: Rick Larrick, West Forsyth; receivers: Glen Padgett, Concord; trainer: Susan Ennis.