Former Tigers make appearances in bowl games
Five Northeast Mississippi Community College football players are continuing their playing careers in Football Championship Series (FCS) bowl games during the holiday season.
While most teams have already wrapped up their seasons, four former Tigers that play for Troy University and one that plays for the University of Southern Mississippi are busy preparing for bowl games.
Defensive end Mario Addison of Birmingham, Ala., LaDarrius Madden of Leighton, Ala., Emanuel Dudley of Columbus, Ga. and DeMarkus Underwood of Tuscumbia, Ala. are all part of a Troy Trojans squad that will take on Ohio University in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in New Orleans, La., on December 18.
Long snapper Creighton Nelms of Kossuth will lead the Golden Eagles into the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., on December 21 against Louisville.
Addison, a 6-3 240-pound redshirt senior, has started 11 games for the Trojans during the 2010 season registering 45 tackles for the Trojans and 14 tackles for loss.
Addison has nine sacks on the year and has forced three fumbles for Troy.
During his sophomore season at Northeast, Addison had 60 tackles including 45 solo stops and 21.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Addison’s first year with the tackles saw the defensive end come up with 46 tackles – 26 solos – and four sacks.
Madden has stepped into the Trojan secondary – starting the last nine games for Troy. The 5-9, 194-pound free safety has registered 47 tackles for the Trojans in his first year with the club and came away with two fumble recoveries on the year. Both of Madden’s fumble recoveries came in the Trojans last game against Florida Atlantic – of which he returned both for a combined 85 yards.
Madden has continued to be a threat in the secondary and has picked off three passes in his first year for the Trojans.
During his time at Northeast, Madden picked off six passes – returning two for touchdowns – and had a three-interception game against Holmes Community College on September 24, 2009.
In total, Madden record 65 tackles for Tigers and had one sack and 12 pass break-ups while being named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Defensive Player of the Week on three separate occasions.
Dudley has become a fixture in the defensive line for the Trojans starting the last five games for Troy.
Dudley, a 6-1 285-pound lineman, has appeared in all 12 games for the Trojans so far – drawing starts in eight contests. During the season, Dudley has come away with 27 tackles – 20 solo and has 2.5 tackles for loss on the year.
Dudley has also picked up a sack – against University of Louisiana-Monroe – and has forced fumble as well as a pass breakup for the Trojans.
During his time at Northeast, Dudley was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) pre-season All-American in 2008 and was responsible for 91 tackles and eight tackles for loss during his two years with the Tigers.
Following his sophomore season, Dudley was named to the MACJC All-State team and the NJCAA All-Region squad.
Underwood, a 6-6 315-pound right tackle, signed with the Trojans on National Signing Day in February 2010 and entered the Trojan depth chart as a back-up at right tackle.
During his time with the Tigers, Underwood helped to anchor and offensive line that saw the Tigers have their first 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 1991.
As a sophomore, Underwood was named to the NJCAA All-Region XXIII team as well as a member of the MACJC All-State squad.
Nelms, who was recently named to the All Conference-USA team, has become a fixture in the Golden Eagle special teams line.
Nelms, who also played fullback for the Tigers during his time at Northeast, only allowed one punt to be blocked during the 2010 season for the Golden Eagles.
Not only has Nelms excelled on the gridiron but the Kossuth native has proven to be an asset in the classroom and made the Dean’s List at Southern Mississippi during his first semester in Hattiesburg.
While also playing fullback for the Tigers, Nelms caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown for Northeast during his time in Booneville.
Both the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl as well as the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl can be seen on ESPN. The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. CST while the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl carries a 7 p.m. kick.
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