2008 St. Pete - Profiles, History & More
South Florida DE George Selvie
South Florida DE George Selvie
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl

2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl Profiles

Memphis (6-6) vs. South Florida (7-5)

Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Tiger Bowl Moment: Since Memphis’ bowl dossier consists of just five games, one of which was the 1971 Pasadena Bowl, the nod would have to go to the 2003 New Orleans Bowl triumph over North Texas.  The Tigers snapped a 32-year bowl drought that December by beating the perennial Sun Belt champs, 27-17. 

Best Bull Bowl Moment: In 2005, South Florida played in its first bowl game, a 14-0 loss to NC State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. A year later, the Bulls won their first bowl game, a 24-7 defeat of East Carolina in the inaugural PapaJohns.com Bowl. In another important stride for head coach Jim Leavitt and the program, USF got a pair of touchdown runs from RB Benjamin Williams and an outstanding effort from a defense that delivered six sacks and was particularly nasty in the red zone. 

The Last Time You'll See ...

Memphis: DT Clinton McDonald. Pound-for-pound, McDonald is the best all-around athlete on the Tiger roster, making him a rather unique interior lineman. While not very big, his speed and technique command extra attention from opposing blockers. Even double-teams haven’t slowed down McDonald, who has 35 tackles and a team-high seven sacks, despite missing parts of four games in the middle of the year.

South Florida: DE George Selvie. Selvie has decided to wait until after the bowl game to make a decision about the NFL. Most signs points to him foregoing that final year of amateur eligibility. Despite having an off year by his 2007 standards, pro scouts remain enamored with his explosiveness and ability to get into the backfield as an end or an outside linebacker.   

Breakout Player ...

Memphis: QB Arkelon Hall. While there were ups and down in Hall’s first season out of the College of the Sequoias, he showed enough as a passer and a scrambler to raise expectations for 2009. Before breaking his thumb on Oct. 18, he was filling the air with passes, throwing for more than 350 yards on three different occasions. With a year of experience behind him, he could be one of Conference USA’s most dangerous hurlers next fall.

South Florida: LB Kion Wilson. Earlier, in the year, Wilson came to Tampa as one of the most decorated JUCO recruits in the country. By November, he was playing like it. He had double-digit tackles in three of the Bulls’ final four games, flashing the power and open field tackling from middle linebacker that’ll make him one of the defensive leaders in 2009.  

Best Non-Game Event
The players will enjoy activities, such as dinner and a movie along the St. Petersburg Pier, a dinner cruise, and a beach bash on St. Pete Beach. The fans will be able to revel in a week of activities, which includes a team beach challenge at the Tradewinds, fan pep rally, and fan fest.

Player Gift Package
Players from each school will receive a Flip (digital video device), an Ogio bag, Sony headphones, a commemorative football, a beach towel, and a bucket hat.

Charitable Component
The St. Petersburg Bowl will be working very closely with the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

How Success is Measured
In its inaugural season, the St. Petersburg Bowl is aiming to provide a quality experience for the student athletes and their fans.

MVP of the Bowl
It's a team effort, with a big team that includes a board of advisors from the St. Petersburg community, so it’s hard to single out one person. Everyone plays an important role in this process.

Impact to the Community
The game anticipates having a tremendous economic impact on the city of St. Petersburg, as well as bringing awareness to the community. It also plans to impact many lives through its charitable work with the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

Role of Volunteers
Volunteers play a huge role in the success of the game by providing valuable assistance in hosting the teams and fans, and being an extension of the bowl staff as the face of the game.

South Florida Bowl History (1-2)
2007 Sun Oregon 56, USF 21
2006 PapaJohns.com USF 24, East Carolina 7
2005 Meineke Car Care NC State 14, USF 0
Memphis Bowl History (4-2)
2007 New Orleans Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
2005 Motor City Memphis 38, Akron 31
2004 GMAC Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35
2003 New Orleans Memphis 27, North Texas 17
1971 Pasadena Memphis State 28, San Jose State 9
1956 Burley Memphis State College 32, East Tennessee State 12

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