Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 18 and Jan. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
In the queue for a while now, it’s time to provide some insight on Karan Higdon from Riverview (FL). Not long ago, as a member of the Class of 2015, remember he nearly won the Offensive MVP award as the South defeated the North, 39-14, at Raymond James Stadium.
Back then, for the game, plans were in place for him to share the field with well-known national names such as Boston College commit Chris Lindstrom, Samford commit Kelvin McKnight, South Carolina commit Keisean Nixon and Boston College commit Jeff Smith.
Never one to be forgotten, Higdon continues to make his presence felt. This time around, the 5-foot-10 and 190-pound junior running back is doing so at Michigan. Along with the Wolverines, he plays Indiana on Oct. 14 in a Big Ten Conference game at noon (EST).
This season, a starter for the first time in his career, Higdon has made the most of his opportunities. He’s gained 201 rushing yards on 45 carries, nearly five yards a carry, and scored twice. A weapon in the passing game also, Higdon averages 18 yards per reception.
As a sophomore, he proved capable with 425 rushing yards on 72 carries, nearly six yards per tote, and six touchdowns. As a freshman, Higdon has a limited role, though he did contribute in a variety of ways, including special teams, similar to most first-year players.
Given his success thus far, with the rest of the season in front of him, and another one to go, all is well. And to think, a short time ago, Higdon showed everyone what the future just might look like with his effort during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida.