Three Greensboro College senior football players were invited and will play in the 2009 Division III Football Senior Classic in Salem, Virginia on December 5th. The student-athletes suiting up for the game are Brandon Drumgoole (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale), Andreas Platt (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) and Brandon Richardson (Charlotte, NC/West Charlotte).
â€œWe are extremely proud that these seniors will get an opportunity to represent Greensboro College and compete against some of the best Division III players in the nation,” said GC Head Coach Randy Hunt. “This has been a breakthrough year in many ways. These honors are another testament to the progress our program made this season.”
A senior defensive back, Platt had 65 tackles (37 unassisted) and three interceptions for The Pride. A
Andreas Plattfirst team all conference pick, he intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to set up GC’s game-winning field goal against Shenandoah on Nov. 14. He also recovered one fumble and had three tackles for losses during the year. Platt was recently selected GC’s student-athlete of the month.
Richardson and Drumgoole were both USA South second team selections.
Richardson, tabbed Pride student athlete of the month in October, led conference tight ends with 660 yards and six receiving touchdowns.
Drumgoole, a defensive lineman, led the team with 16 tackles for losses and six sacks. He also blocked two kicks for The Pride.
â€œThe â€˜D-III Football Senior Classicâ€™ will bring ninety players, who represent 238 D-III football programs, to a North vs. South format all-star game,” said Peter St. Lawrence, co-Founder of the inaugural event. “These players will have earned the honor to play against their best peers in a showcase for all to recognize the talent laden D-III football level.â€
Salem Stadium was built in 1985 and has been the home of the NCAA Division III Football Championship game since 1993. It holds 7,157 people. Since the Stagg Bowl debuted in southwest Virginia, the stadium has undergone a number of improvements to better accommodate both players and fans, including new lights, an expanded press box, and the installation of synthetic Field Turf.
The game will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Roanoke’s NBC affiliate on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Ticket and additional information for the classic can be found at: www.d3seniorclassic.com