To be honest, I'm not sure what role post-season all-star games play. You've got years worth of tape on all of the players, plus the upcoming combine and on-campus workouts. The answer is probably a mixture of NFL scouts surveying a bunch of players at once and the role of traditional bowl games -- which is to say "hey isn't this a cool city?"
The second annual Medal of Honor Bowl starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. No word from Vegas on the spread between the American team and the National team so, home team gets three points amirite?
Anyway, the fact is two Georgia Southern Eagles will sport the famous white stripe One More Time in Charleston's Johnson Hagood Stadium. It's where the Citadel plays which means diehard Eagles already know the venue. Both teams have been practicing since Monday and both Eagles will suit up for the American squad.
Edwin Jackson is a senior linebacker who also starred at Atlanta's Westlake High School. He was named Sun Belt first-team defense and has led Georgia Southern in tackles each of the last two seasons. The most amazing thing about Jackson is he started his career as a walk-on.
Garrett Frye is listed at 6'5" and 290 pounds for the game, which looks pretty good on paper. He's another Metro Atlanta product who played at South Forsyth High. Not only a first-team Sun Belt offensive lineman but a two-time Georgia Southern male student athlete of the year and second-team academic all-American, Frye is another guy to root for on multiple levels.
Former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey is set to coach the National team, while former South Carolina State coach Willie Jeffries takes the reins of the American squad.
If you want to track live stats, click here. Think of it as a sort of fantasy football where you're rooting for the local guys to rack up big numbers. With luck we could see an Eagle drafted for the third consecutive year.