PETERSBURG, Va. - Newberry College senior running back Alex Haynes has been selected as to participate in the 2007 East Coast Bowl in Petersburg, Va. The game is slated for a noon kickoff Saturday at Historic Cameron Field.
The East Coast Bowl is an annual college football all-star game that features the elite Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA players from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Haynes, a senior from Summerville, will wear number 22 for the South squad.
Haynes has been a first-team all-South Atlantic Conference selection at running back the past two seasons. In each of the last two years, Haynes has rushed for over 1,000 yards, and rushed for over 2,500 yards in his career. He had had two games with over 200 rushing yards in 2007, including a school-record 255 yards in the win over Bowie State. He had 24 rushing touchdowns in his career, as well as three receiving touchdowns.
Haynes is the first Newberry representative in the East Coast Bowl since Terrance Leverett, James Canetti and Mazzie Drummond played in the game in 2005. Jeff Williams and Jonathan Lyles participated in the game in 2004.
The central mission behind the creation of the East Coast Bowl is to increase the visibility and showcase the talent of athletes from the Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA level. Accolades for football players from these levels are scarce and limited and this proves to be another avenue for Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA college football players to reach their goals. Other elements that define the mission of the East Coast Bowl include: the redevelopment and renovation of Historic Cameron Field, and the establishment of the East Coast Scholarship Program.
For more information on the East Coast Bowl, visit their website at http://www.petersburgsports.com/eastcoastbowl/ .