McIlwain, Washington to face off in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game

McIlwain, Washington to face off in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game
Thursday, July 31, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

CANTON, Ohio - For the second consecutive year, Newberry College alumni will face off as opponents in the NFL preseason as the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants meet up in the annual Hall of Fame Game this weekend.

Kickoff at Fawcett Stadium is set for 8 p.m. Sunday, with the game nationally televised on NBC.

Newberry will be represented on the Buffalo side by cornerback Kamaal McIlwain. McIlwain signed with the Bills just before they broke camp, and has been noted by those covering the Bills as a playmaker, with a web video of an interception returned for a touchdown making waves.

The Wolves' representation on the Giants' roster is in the form of undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Corey Washington. Washington's playmaking ability has been the talk of Giants' reporters since the opening of camp, with a one-handed catch in double coverage impressing the media and coaches.

Last season, Ron Parker and the Seattle Seahawks visited Brandon Bostick and the Green Bay Packers in the preseason.

Since then, both Parker and Bostick have caught the attention of coaches and media.

Parker moved to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the regular season in 2013, going on to grab two interceptions and making a game-saving "trifecta" sack-forced fumble-recovered fumble on the Cowboys' Tony Romo. He is currently listed as a first-string cornerback on the Chiefs' depth chart.

Bostick has grown into a top choice at tight end for Green Bay, competing for first team reps in camp. Packers' coach Mike McCarthy has noted his ability to stretch the field vertically and has talked about Bostick's improved run blocking. Bostick became the first Newberry alumnus to score in the NFL with a touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, going on to perform the famous "Lambeau Leap".