CHARLESTON, SC -
Four-year starting quarterback Ben Dupree
will compete as a running back and return specialist in the 2013 National Bowl game at FIU Stadium in Miami on Sunday at noon. The game will feature 100 of the best non-FBS college football players from around the country.
The National Bowl is the only elite non-FBS postseason all-star game that sees scouts from several NFL teams along with the CFL and arena leagues. The bowl rosters are unique in that they give the NFL, CFL and additional scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools that many college football fans may not have even heard of.
The head coach of the Red Nation team will be 18-year NFL veteran Mike Stock, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, while the Blue Nation team will be headed by Chris Thompson of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, a veteran pro arena head coach with AFL experience.
Dupree etched his name in The Citadel's rushing record book in virtually every category as the versatile triple option quarterback accumulated 2,679 yards through four seasons with the Bulldogs, the sixth-most in program history.
The senior signal caller also scored a Southern Conference-leading 18 touchdowns in 2013, the second most in a single season in Citadel history, and finished his career with 36 rushing scores, putting him in sole possession of second place all-time.
The Harrisburg, Pa., native and two-year captain rushed for a school-record five touchdowns against Old Dominion on Sept. 21 on runs of two, 13, 17, 19 and 33 and added a 23-yard pass with 1:39 left in the game.
He finished his career with seven 100-yard games, including four in 2013, and reached the 1,000 plateau in rushing yards (finishing with 1,008) with 69 yards against seventh-ranked Clemson in the season finale. His 598 career rushing attempts are fifth most in school history.