An annual tradition…as you sit down to watch the college football games this bowl season, here is a list of former BlueClaws and their connections to the various schools.
(Note – if a bowl game is not listed, we can’t find a connection – if you want to email any updates, please do: ggiombarrese @ blueclaws dot com).
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (12/22) – Arizona State vs Boise State…Tuffy Gosewisch (2007) is a Sun Devil, the lone rooting interest we have in this game.
(UPDATE – Sean Houston, the voice of the Charleston RiverDogs and member of our broadcast and blogging team in 2011, calls in to remind us that all-time BlueClaw Travis Mattair, who is celebrating a birthday today, went to Boise State in 2010 walking on the basketball team, so he should certainly be added in here).
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (12/24) – Nevada vs Southern Miss…Ryan Frith (2005-06) went to Southern Miss. No Wolfpack alums.
AdvoCare V100 Independence (12/26) – Missouri vs North Carolina…2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart committed to Missouri out of high school but signed with the Phillies and 2009 BlueClaw Jason Knapp committed to North Carolina before signing with the Phillies.
Belk Bowl (12/27) – Louisville vs NC State…2009 BlueClaw BJ Rosenberg is a proud Louisville Cardinal.
Military Bowl (12/28) – Toledo vs Air Force…2008 BlueClaw Karl Bolt went to Air Force.
Holiday Bowl (12/28) – California vs Texas…2011 BlueClaws C Cameron Rupp was a three-year Texas Longhorn.
Champs Sports Bowl (12/29) – Florida State vs Notre Dame…Two Seminoles – Aaron Cheesman (2006) and Robby Read (2003)…The only Fighting Irish alum is 2010 BlueClaw Jeremy Barnes – though Brad Lidge, who rehabbed here this year, also went there.
Alamo Bowl (12/29) – Washington vs Baylor…2009-10 BlueClaw Trevor May committed to Washington before signing with the Phillies and 2003 BlueClaw Andre Marshall played there…Baylor alums are Anthony Hensley (2001) and Josh Scott (2002).
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (12/30) – Rutgers vs Iowa State…No players but good luck to the alma mater of BlueClaws AGM Brandon Marano.
Insight Bowl (12/30) – Iowa vs Oklahoma…Nathan Johnson (2005) is a Hawkeye, and legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas went here too…Two Sooners – Will Savage (2006) and Ryan Duke (2011).
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (12/31) – Texas A&M vs Northwestern…JA Happ (2005) and Dan Brauer (2006) went to Northwestern and Ryan Wardinsky (2003) went to Texas A&M.
Hyundai Sun Bowl (12/31) – Georgia Tech vs Utah…Jeremy Slayden (2006) is a Yellow Jacket. 2007 BlueClaw Jarrod Freeman committed to Utah before signing with the Phillies.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (12/31) – Illinois vs UCLA…UCLA is the alma mater of 2008 BlueClaw Tyson Brummett and 2011 BlueClaw Garett Claypool (and Chase Utley).
Chick-Fil-A Bowl (12/31) – Virginia vs Auburn…Two Auburn alums: Javon Moran (2004) and Sean Gamble (2006). Michael Schwimer, a 2008 Phillies draftee, went to Virginia and skipped Lakewood.
TicketCity Bowl (1/2) – Houston vs Penn State…Rod Perry (2003) is the lone PSU alum.
Capital One Bowl (1/2) – Nebraska vs South Carolina…The BlueClaws have a pipeline to these schools. First, Nebraska: Luke Wertz (2009-10) and Trevor Bullock (2001) played here. Jacob Diekman (2008-10) committed here as did Tyler Cloyd (2009), though both signed with the Phillies. Cody Asche, drafted this year, went to Nebraska and he could be in Lakewood in 2012, as could 2010 draftee Matt Nesseth. Michael Floyd (2002), Andrew Cruse (2007), Mike Cisco (2008) and Aaron Rawl (2006-06) all went to South Carolina.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (1/2) – Ohio State vs Florida…No Buckeyes or Gators, though 2007 BlueClaw Adrian Cardenas committed to Florida before signing with the Phillies, as did 2010 BlueClaw Jiwan James. 2011 draftee Matt Campbell, who played for Williamsport, went to Florida and he could be here in 2012.
Rose Bowl (1/2) – Wisconsin vs Oregon…Chad Sidowsky (2001) went to Wisconsin. No Oregon alums though Jesse Biddle (2011) committed here before signing with the Phillies.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1/2) – Stanford vs Oklahoma State…Big one here as Michael Taylor (2008) went to Stanford and three went to OSU: John Urick (2006), Michael Dabbs (2010), and Jason Jaramillo (2005).
Discover Orange Bowl (1/4) – West Virginia vs Clemson…Zac Cline (2004) went to WVU and Herm Demmink (2007) went to Clemson.
AT&T Cotton Bowl (1/6) – Kansas State vs Arkansas…Two Razorbacks: Chris Rhoads (2007) and Matt Riethmayer (2001).
BBVA Compass Bowl (1/7) – SMU vs Pittsburgh…Nick Evangelista (2004) went to Pittsburgh and Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke went to SMU.
GoDaddy.com Bowl (1/8) – Arkansas State vs Northern Illinois…2007 BlueClaw Matt German went to NIU.
BCS Championship Game (1/9) – LSU vs Alabama…Austin Hyatt (2010) is a Crimson Tide alum. 2011 Williamsport LHP Adam Morgan went to Bama and he could be with the BlueClaws this year.