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December 27, 2012

Propst, three Packers head to All-Stars

MOULTRIE — Three Colquitt County players have been selected to play in all-star games in coming weeks.

And Packers coach Rush Propst will be on the sideline in one, the third annual AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl, which will be held at noon Monday at Grady Stadium in Atlanta.

Colquitt County defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman accompanied his coach to Atlanta on Thursday for the game, which showcases the top high school junior football players in Georgia. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and be available on demand shortly after the event at PlayOn! Sports’ Georgia portal.

The West team, which has Pittman on its roster, will be coached by Chip Walker from Sandy Creek High School. The East Team will be coached by Ed Dudley from Ware County High .

The AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl is held annually in association with AT&T, the NFL Players Association, Rawlings, NFL and Curing Kids Cancer.

The game was started three years ago by a group that includes former Thomas County Central, Georgia Tech and NFL running back Joe Burns.

Propst said event is a good one.

“The game has really grown,” Propst said. “Joe has great passion for these kids and I think the top junior players in the state are in this game.”

Propst said Alabama also tried establishing an all-star game for juniors, but it did not last.

“The game is getting better,” Propst said. “I think it will work if the coaches promote it as a recruiting tool.”

Packers quarterback Cole Segraves played in the game last year and Colquitt offensive lineman Preston Mobley, now playing at Georgia, participated in 2010

The football camp will be held on Saturday at Grady for underclassmen looking to expand their knowledge of the game while learning the fundamentals of their position. The camp is taught by NFL players and high school coaches.

Propst said tackle Gabe Mobley and wide receiver Todd Boyd are alternates and could be added to a roster if other players decline to play.

Colquitt County senior receiver Bobby Hill will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South game, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Hill, who caught 84 passes for 1,115 and seven touchdowns last season and owns the Packers all-time receiving record with 121 receptions, has committed to Ole Miss.

Senior offensive tackle Octavius Jackson has been selected to play in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas.

The game will be held on Feb. 5, the night before National Signing Day.

The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites nations that comprise the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team includes players age 19 and under from outside the United States. IFAF is composed of 64 countries spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The 2013 International Bowl will be played at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas.

Both teams will field a roster of 45 players. Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football. Jackson has committed to play his collegiate football at Florida.

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