Cincinnati produced four of C-USA's nine representatives, including CB Blue Adams, OT Kirt Doolin, RB DeMarco McCleskey and K Jonathan Ruffin. East Carolina CB Kelly Hardy, Louisville S Curry Burns, TCU WR Adrian Madise and a pair of Southern Miss offensive linemen, G Jeremy Bridges and T Jason Jimenez, round out the league's other selections.
Signal callers Brad Banks of Iowa and Nate Hybl of Oklahoma are among over 100 players that collectively makeup the two teams in the Team Florida versus Team USA format. Banks, a Belle Glade, Fla., native, was named the Associated Press Player of the Year for his efforts during the 2002 season. He also finished second in the Heisman race. Hybl earned MVP honors in the Rose Bowl by leading the Sooners past Washington State, 34-14.
"A new level of excitement is being generated by the increased talent we have on the rosters this year," said Florida Citrus Sports Executive Director Tom Mickle. "The increased talent is a testament to the diligent effort put forth by our Rotary Gridiron Classic staff. Director Matthew Sign, Anthony Azama and their staff have produced what will be a terrific game and week for all of its participants."
The Rotary Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game is one of six signature events produced by Florida Citrus Sports annually. The game brings college all-stars from across the nation to Orlando, Fla., each January. Proceeds from the game benefit the Rotary Foundation and the Miami Project's national fundraising arm, the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Spinal Cord Paralysis. Over the last four years, the game has generated nearly $1 million for the Buoniconti project.