2018-01-03 / Sports

Six Saints take part in competition during bowl season


During the college bowl season, the Limestone College football team was well represented as a total of six seniors put on their Saints helmet one last time at various bowl games around the country.

A pair of Saints competed in bowl games in January as senior wideout Vyncint Smith accepted an invitation to play in the College Gridiron Showcase in Addison, Texas on Jan. 10 while senior kicker Nick Smith will compete in the Dream Bowl on Jan. 15 in Roanoke, Va.

Vyncint Smith generated significant interest from NFL teams during his senior season as the Second-Team All-SAC selection ranked fourth in the league in yards per game and fifth in receiving yards. He posted four 100-yard receiving games this season, including back-to-back games with at least 180 yards.

A four-year starter, Smith adjusted well to playing with six different starting quarterbacks during his tenure at Limestone as he wrapped up a sensational career with 2,371 career receiving yards and a total of eight 100-yard games. He ranks second in career receptions (153) and receiving touchdowns (11).

Nick Smith played just one year with the Saints, but he set the bar high and was rewarded with a Second-Team All-SAC selection. He led the league with three field goals of 50 yards or more, and was named Special Teams Player of the Week after booting a season-long 53-yarder at Mars Hill.

Senior linebacker Evan Patrick and senior wideout Jumill Hornsby played for Team America in the 2017 Euro- American Challenge in Myrtle Beach last month while senior linebacker Joey Felder competed in the D2 vs. NAIA Challenge in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 15.

Senior long snapper Will Brasington played in the All- American Bowl at US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, on Monday, Dec. 18.

A Second-Team All-SAC honoree, Patrick was a four-year starter for the Saints and graduates with 221 career tackles, including 102 solo stops, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He posted a 15-tackle performance against Carson-Newman during his junior season.

Like many of his fellow seniors this year, Hornsby was a member of Limestone’s inaugural signing class in 2013. He posted his best season this year, finishing with 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a breakout game of 109 yards on five catches against Catawba.

Felder, also a member of the 2013 inaugural signing class, earned AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors during his senior season. He ranks second in team history with five career sacks, third with 173 tackles, and fifth with 14.5 tackles for loss.

Brasington has played in every game for Limestone in the program’s short history, and was named a First-Team All-SAC selection this past season. He served as the rock for a special teams unit that ranked in the top-3 in the SAC in field goal percentage, PAT percentage, and punting average.

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