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. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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.
Kurran Blamey from Monett (MO) takes center stage in this space. As a member of the Class of 2013, in the game’s debut no less, he contributed from start to finish in a memorable effort as South defeated North, 21-14, at Raymond James Stadium.
Kansas State commit Byron Pringle was on the field that day, along with Arizona State commit Davon Durant, Akron commit Austin Wolf, Indiana commit Michael McGinnis, Ohio State commit Reid Worstell and Florida State commit Hunter DeWitt.
Blamey is currently doing more of the same, getting the job done. The 6-foot-1 and 221-pound sophomore linebacker for Missouri State will line up against Indiana State on Oct. 3 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game at 3:05 p.m. (EST).
Inserted to the starting lineup this season, just last week, Blamey proved the coaching staff made a good decision with seven tackles, five solo stops, in a 70-7 conference loss to Arkansas State. He figures to remain a fixture with the first unit.
As a freshman, Blamey showed glimpses of immense potential, not only on defense, bus also special teams. He blocked a punt in a 14-7 conference loss to Youngstown State. Then, he duplicated the feat in a 21-7 conference loss to Illinois State.
Well on his way to success, Blamey is heading in the right direction, no question about it. Worth noting, what seems like a very short time ago, he managed to turn heads during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida, the inaugural game too.