Milltown, NJ September 21, 2015


Carson Wentz, QB – North Dakota State
Any time a quarterback finishes a game with a 197.1 passer rating, he deserves recognition. Carson Wentz, the senior quarterback out of Bismarck, North Dakota, was phenomenal against the University of North Dakota. Wentz compiled 262 passing yards on 18 of 27 attempts and finished the day with an outstanding 66.7% completion percentage. Wentz also tossed 4 touchdown passes in the contest. Though the Bison started slow, Wentz was able to ignite his squad with a beautifully thrown 18-yard touchdown pass to freshman Darrius Shephard in the second quarter. From there on out, the Bison would never look back as Wentz would lead them to a 34-9 victory over UND. Already with eyes on the next level, Wentz is busy polishing his resume with a strong start to his 2015 campaign.

Linebackers – Gardner-Webb
Led by senior Tanner Burch, the Gardner-Webb linebackers were the core of a strong defensive outing in a hard fought, defensive battle against Virginia Union this past Saturday. Burch, Gardner-Webb’s leading tackler the past two seasons, racked up 9 total tackles with two of those coming for a loss. The top three leading tacklers on the day for Gardner-Webb, Burch, senior Azziz Higgins, and junior Aaron Cook, compiled a total of 33 tackles. The Runnin’ Bulldogs held Virginia Union’s starting quarterback Shawheem Dowdy to a mere 85 yards passing and 3 interceptions on the day. Fittingly, it was another linebacker, D.J. Allen, who made the game winning tackle four yards short of the end zone to seal the 4-point victory over Virginia Union. With tackling machine, Tanner Burch at the helm, Gardner-Webb’s linebacker unit looks to build on their strong performance against Virginia Union moving forward.

Connor Kascor, RB – Dayton
Where does one even begin? Connor Kascor, a senior running back from Leo, Indiana, put up video game numbers in a 24-13 Dayton win over Duquesne. Kascor finished the day with an incredible 244 yards on a heaping 44 carries. As if the yardage total alone wasn’t enough to earn Kascor Player of the Week honors, the senior RB found the end zone 3 times on Saturday as well. Impressively, Kascor has rushed for over 200 yards four times in his career. Additionally, this was the 12th time in the last 20 contests that Kascor has racked up over 100 yards rushing in a game. Kascor, a true work horse back, is already the career rushing leader for Dayton despite being only 3 games into his senior season. It goes without saying that Kascor has garnered himself lots of attention from scouts at the next level.

Mikal Abdul-Saboor, RB – William and Mary
Any time that an FCS school faces off against an FBS program, the result is expected to be a blowout. In back to back weeks though, the FBS schools have had quite the scare. Last week, Auburn was forced into overtime by Jacksonville State and this week Virginia faced a similar matchup against William and Mary. Senior running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor led the Tribe into Charlottesville in hopes of leading an upset. Though it did not pan out in the end, he was extraordinary against a tough Cavaliers defense. Abdul-Saboor almost outrushed the Cavaliers by himself as he gained 100 yards on 22 caries. This was his seventh straight 100-yard game, which set a school record. He also tacked on four catches for 34 yards, which shows how versatile he can be coming out of the backfield. Abdul-Saboor has solid pro potential because he has great size for a running back at 5’10’’ and 210 pounds. He also makes great lateral movements and uses his exceptional vision to find holes to run through. He should be an intriguing late round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Victor Ochi, DE – Stony Brook
Plain and simple, senior Victor Ochi looked absolutely unblockable against New Hampshire on Saturday. He accounted for 3.5 sacks and led the team with nine total tackles. As a defensive end, leading your team in tackles is very impressive. The 3.5 sacks just speaks for itself. Most teams would love to have that many sacks in a game, much less from one player alone. The double teams and extra attention that Ochi drew also allowed for several other players to get into the action behind the line of scrimmage. Jack Carlock and Jeremy Leggerio also added sacks for Stony Brook. Ochi could be a very good late round pick in the spring. He has the athleticism and pass rushing skills needed to make it at the next level.

Division II

Jon Schnaars, WR – East Stroudsburg
As part of a prolific air attack, crafty wide receiver Jon Schnaars led the way for East Stroudsburg in a dominating 56-12 win over Edinboro this past weekend. Schnaars, a red-shirt senior, was extremely effective as he racked up 200 receiving yards and 2 scores on 9 catches. Schnaars was on the receiving end of a lethal connection he shared with red-shirt senior quarterback Matt Soltes, who passed for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. With his first career 200 yard receiving game, Schnaars moved into 8th all time at ESU with 2,285 career receiving yards. He currently ranks 9th at ESU in career receptions with 147, and 5th in touchdowns scored with 26. Moving forward, Schnaars looks to further his place in the ESU record books.

Liam Nadler, QB – Gannon University
With red-shirt senior quarterback Liam Nadler at the helm, Gannon paved its way to a record-breaking performance in a 66-31 win over Kutztown. Nadler was accurate and efficient with 5 touchdown passes and 412 yards on 28 of 36 attempts. His 77% completion percentage makes Nadler’s performance all the more impressive. Nadler has now gone a whopping 265 passes without throwing an interception, a mark that dates back to last season. Behind Nadler, Gannon broke school records for total yards (712) and points scored in a road game (66). This was also the 4th time in his career that Nadler has passed for over 400 yards. The red-shirt senior quarterback already holds the school record for touchdowns thrown in a game and tied this mark yet again against Kutztown. With elite, turnover-free play from its quarterback, Gannon looks to Nadler as they continue to build on a 3-0 start. Nadler has shown he possesses the skills to play at the next level.

Marc Evans, QB – Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Junior QB Marc Evans of Southwestern Oklahoma State University simply came to play against the ninth ranked Ouachita Baptist University. Marc Evans’ Bulldogs came into the game as underdogs but Evans was in elite form. Against a tough defense, he completed 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. To complement his 67% completion percentage, Evans threw zero interceptions. This type of decision-making is an irreplaceable trait among quarterbacks. Evans has a shot to be successful at the next level. He stands 6’ 3’’ and weighs 220 pounds. This is his first season at SWOSU so seeing this type of production already is promising for a future career as well. If he can continue to develop this year and truly dominate in his senior year in 2016, Evans has a true shot to make an NFL roster.

Cameron McDondle, RB – Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo was looking to avenge an early season loss in their week three matchup against Western State Colorado University. They did just that and were led by senior running back Cameron McDondle. Though small in stature, McDondle runs big and is a beast of a ball carrier. He has been a stud ever since his freshman year on campus. In his freshman campaign, he ran for 854 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed that up with 848 yards and eight touchdowns his sophomore year and an incredible 2014 yards and 16 touchdowns in his junior season. Needless to say, expectations were high for McDondle starting this season. So far he has performed quite admirably. He ran for 189 yards and a touchdown this week and added on 75 yards receiving. This ability to make plays out of the backfield will surely help McDondle if he chooses to pursue a career in football.

Team Defense– Livingstone
As far as team defense goes, there are few things sweeter than a shutout. Livingstone’s entire defensive unit deserves recognition for blanking Central International University on Saturday. Led by seniors Eric Horne and Anthony Grady, Livingstone posted a 40-0 win. Livingstone held CIU to a paltry 143 yards of total offense. The Livingstone defense only surrendered 8 first downs to the CIU offense. Grady, the senior strong safety out of Manassas, Virginia, put the icing on the cake when he recovered a CIU fumble in the end zone for a defensive score. No matter the opponent, a shutout is no easy feat. Hats off to the Livingstone defense.

Division III

Austin Swenson, QB – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Austin Swenson showed that his second week performance with 472 passing yards and five touchdowns was no fluke as he followed that up with a stellar performance in week three. While he could not quite match these incredible numbers, he threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns in a win against Hanover College. While he was a solid starter last season and passed for 3402 yards and 31 touchdowns, one aspect of his game is greatly improved. In three games so far, Swenson has yet to throw an interception and his completion percentage is 70.9%, up five percent from last season. This is great to see in terms of how he can have an effect at the next level. This is only his junior season and if Swenson can continue to grow exponentially like he has, there is a good chance that he gets a tryout from an NFL squad in 2017.

Brandon Bourbon, RB – Washburn University
Brandon Bourbon is a player who has had an injury-plagued career. A four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2010, he signed with Kansas University, where he played until this season. He missed the entire 2010 season due to a broken leg and all of 2014 with a torn ACL. He was fortunate to receive a sixth year of eligibility and chose to transfer to Washburn University to finish his collegiate football career. Bourbon was fantastic as his unranked Washburn squad upset fourth-ranked Pittsburgh State University. Bourbon ran for 144 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and tacked on three catches for 16 yards. It is great to see Bourbon have success after a career riddled with injuries and frustration.

Ryan Weber, DB – University of Wisconsin-LA Crosse
Ryan Weber has been involved in seemingly every play for the University of Wisconsin-LA Cross defense this year. Through the first three games, he has totaled 43 tackles. Last week against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Weber totaled 13 tackles, including one tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. This tackling ability is exceptional for a defensive back as it is rare to find one that excels in defending the run as Weber does. His physicality combined with his natural instincts have resulted in his coaches trying him out at outside linebacker as well. His coaches have praised his athleticism and technique and this makes him an interesting prospect. He was primarily a hockey player, which is what he attributes his physicality to. He is relatively new to football and still has two years of eligibility.

Adam Smith, WR – Guilford
With his performance this past Saturday against Averett University, senior wide receiver Adam Smith cemented his place in the Guilford Football record books. Smith pulled in 11 receptions for a total of 195 yards and 3 scores. Those 3 scores moved Smith into first all time as Guilford’s career touchdown receptions leader with 35. Additionally, Smith’s 3-touchdown performance marked a new single game career high for the senior wide out. After compiling over 1,000 yards receiving last season, Smith has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. In 2014, Smith averaged an exceptional 100+ yards receiving a game. Smith’s ability as a pass catcher is undeniable and he hopes to continue his success at the next level.

Team Defense – Ithaca
When a defensive squad forces a top ranked team into six turnovers, the entire unit deserves recognition. Led by seniors Logan Murphy, Schnayder Termidor, and Ryan Michaels, the Ithaca defense fueled the Bombers to a big win over 16th ranked Hobart. Ithaca forced Hobart into three interceptions and three fumbles as well. The Bombers nearly pitched a shutout as they held Hobart scoreless for the first 44 minutes. Murphy compiled 7 tackles and recovered a Hobart fumble in the end zone for a defensive touchdown. Termidor racked up 8 tackles while Michaels claimed one of the three interceptions thrown by Hobart quarterbacks Parker Thelander and Thomas Sydeski. The Hobart offense was held to 159 total yards and was forced to punt 8 times. Ithaca moves to 2-0 behind a strong defensive unit that looks to continue its success throughout the 2015 season.

2016 NFL Draft: Meet the Dream Bowl, a Small-School Focused All-Star Event

2016 NFL Draft: Meet the Dream Bowl, a Small-School Focused All-Star Event

Every year, there are plenty of college football all-star games for prospects to choose from. From California to Florida and many places in between, seniors from across the country get invited or choose which event they want to attend in an effort to be noticed by pro teams.

I’ve had the privilege of attending most of the major all-star games across the country over the last seven years, and had the even higher privilege of contributing or working for a few. It’s one of the great things about having a talented staff at Optimum Scouting and focusing on scouting moreso than hits, tweets or mock draft rankings, but on actual ways to help the scouting community, both players and professional teams.

We have been and will continue to do the evaluations and many of the media works throughout the year for the event, working to build on the Dream Bowl reputation that, while it doesn’t have national focus, certainly has built up a strong reputation for the right reasons.

The most important attribute of an all-star game that has its sights on longevity (again, in my experience), is making it as focused on supporting the players and teams as possible, with far less priority on making money. Investing in a worthwhile game early on has led to the great success of the Senior Bowl over the years, the staple of all-star game success, and focusing the attention on players and personnel has a domino effect on scouts, media people and television interest.

As an event focusing on the small schools, it’s not easy finding talent that entices both NFL and CFL teams. But thanks to the Dream Bowl having remarkable experience and success in hosting an event like this, making the players feel celebrated yet prepared and focused for an important tryout and the commitment by the game’s founder Neil Malvone, the game is heading in a direction that should be long sustained and further increase it’s already prevalent professional team interest (based on scouts interest in previous years.

The game has built a great reputation with the right people: past players and professional teams looking for talent for their rosters. So, if you’re a media person or a fan of the draft, the Dream Bowl looks forward to helping you along the evaluation pathway to finding the top small school “sleepers” that have become key in NFL draft scouting.

And if you’re an agent or a player, I encourage you to learn more about the game, realize why choosing a game is about where you can promote your skills and be appreciated and use me as a resource to be considered for the event.

Optimum Scouting will be there. Professional teams will be there. Some of the top FCS, Division 2 and Division 3 talent will be there. And if you’re a player who wants to shine from the lower levels of football, use the Dream Bowl to reach your Dream Job as a professional football player.

From the Dream Bowl to the Pros: Big Dreams for D-III College Star

The Dream Bowl provides talented small school football players the opportunity to be seen by professional scouts and coaches. Dashawn Johnson is one of many former Dream Bowl players who seized that opportunity and made it to professional football. Despite playing at Division III school, William Paterson, his stellar career as an offensive lineman brought him national attention and an invitation to participate in the Dream Bowl II in 2014.
The Dream Bowl II was a great experience for Johnson who was excited to play his last collegiate game amongst all-star players from across the country. During the Dream Bowl weekend, he was noticed by scouts of the Oakland Raiders, the Montreal Alouettes, and by his current agent John Perez.
Johnson participated in two Pro Days following his Dream Bowl appearance and was invited to the New York Jets’ local workout before the draft. After being selected as one of the 28 undrafted players invited to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers rookie orientation camp and tryouts, Johnson was quickly signed onto the AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators. He then went to camp with the Los Angeles Kiss and a mini-camp with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks.
Dashawn Johnson’s last college game became one of the most important games of his career. He recommends the game to all small school athletes “because it’s another great opportunity to play and do something you love. Plus, you have the chance to show the NFL and CFL what you can do. You get a chance to showcase your ability.”
Johnson is currently back home working hard and training for his next opportunity to play at the professional level.

July 4th Independence Day

America the Beautiful

By Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)

Music by Samuel Augustus Howe (1847-1903)

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassioned stress

A thoroughfare of freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

Dream Bowl IV in Virginia Beach

This year Cutting Edge Sports has selected the Ramada Beachfront as the host hotel for Dream Bowl IV.

The Ramada, located on Atlantic Avenue, sits on Virginia Beach’s historic Boardwalk.

“We couldn’t be happier to add the ambience of the beachfront to this year’s game,” stated Dan Lococo, Vice-President of Player Relations. He added, “this will allow the players and their families to enjoy more of the City of Virginia Beach.

Jennifer Herzog, Sales Manager for the Ramada, is creating some special Dream Bowl getaway packages for family and friends. “I am looking into possible food-lovers, historical, and adventurer packages for the guests.”

For more information please contact

Neil Malvone President of the Dream Bowl at 908-510-0087 or Jennifer Herzog at 757-491-3684.

Welcome to the Zone

Welcome to The Dream Bowl Zone –The DBZ! The official blog for the Dream Bowl – the #1 Non-FBS college football all-star game in the country.

The Dream Bowl is a College Football All-Star Showcase of the best FCS, D-II and D-III players from across the country. The game and the series of events held over Martin Luther King Weekend are a celebration of the excellence, commitment, and sacrifice made by the players and their families.

The Dream Bowl treats seniors to a real bowl game experience. The Dream Bowl provides first-class accommodations, meals, and facilities for the players, along with a full weekend of football and social related activities for their friends and families, which will create a lifetime of memories for their collegiate send-off game. Click link to see a brief clip about the Dream Bowl.

The Dream Bowl has paved the way for players to continue on at the next level. Many of our former players such as Ryan Montague and John Robertson have received tryouts in NFL camps while others have played in various professional leagues across the football landscape. Most recently we had one of our alums sign with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL. Click here for the story.

Are you the player that’s grinding every day hoping to get noticed because you know you have the talent and the drive to play at the best level? Then post your highlight films, game films, stats, press stories, action photos, write-ups in your school media guide or from your Sport Information Director, etc. Post your workout videos and any thing else that sets you apart from the rest. #keepgrinding #TheDreamBowl

Are you hoping for a career in football as a scout? Player personnel evaluator? General manager? Blog writer? Then The DBZ is the only football blog for you. Prepare scouting reports of the best Non-FBS stars and post them here. Show off your ability to break down film and provide expert player analysis. Find the player no one is talking about. Find the next Pierre Garcon or the next Ali Marpet before anyone else has ever heard of them. Write articles detailing the exploits of the best players from around the country. Bring the news to The DBZ first and be a part of the conversation.

Are you a sports media director or sports information director and have players in your program that deserve more recognition. Bring their successes and highlight your program here at The DBZ by submitting press releases, photos, and special program announcements here.

Do you have an inspirational story about a player or a worthy cause that you want to share?  Bring it to The DBZ.  The Dream Bowl is all about helping those in need and bringing recognition to those stories that give us the strength to keep in fighting. See our story involving Levi Hains from Dream Bowl II.

Are you simply a football fan? The DBZ is the place to discuss all things football from the NFL to indoor leagues to summer leagues to fantasy football. Have something to say then bring it here. Your opinion counts at The DBZ.

Just a few simple rules to post on The DBZ:
No vulgarities — keep it clean.
No discriminatory posts — The DBZ is a socially aware blog and affords everyone equal time on the blog and no one shall be excluded for expressing or holding a contrary position.
No put downs — The DBZ posts are dedicated to sportsmanship and fair play as we celebrate the greatness of football. We will not accept negative posts directed at any player, coach, program, or official. Good-natured ribbing is part of sports and we welcome the give and take of what makes sport so exciting. Please don’t cross the line from good-nature to hurtful.
No offensive photos — The DBZ will post game photos, action shots, and fan frenzy and crowd pictures. The DBZ will not publish photos of an inappropriate nature.
The DBZ is not a social media page so non-football related info is best left to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We want The DBZ to focus on what is happening on the field and in training.
No anonymous posts — The DBZ will only post blog entries that can be authenticated with an author.

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