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Football - Sat, Dec. 11, 2010
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Four Union Bulldogs will participate in the 2010 FCS Senior Scout Bowl, which is set to take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faller Field in Middletown, N.Y.

Armond Smith (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tim Grier (Powder Springs, Ga.), Cordaryl Strickland (LaGrange, Ga.) and Elisee Pompilus (Malden, Mass.) will suit up for the South team. The four Bulldogs are the lone NAIA representatives as the rosters are made up of players from the NCAA FCS (formerly NCAA Division I-AA).

This is the inaugural FCS Senior Scout Bowl.

For Smith and Strickland, this is their second senior bowl in as many weeks. The duo played in the D3 Senior Bowl Classic in Salem, Va., on Dec. 3, representing the South. The North won the D3 Classic 26-18, but Smith rushed the ball 11 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Strickland intercepted a pass.

Smith earned Mid-South Conference West Offensive Player of the Year honors as he led the conference in rushing, averaging 125.1 yards per game en route to being named MSC West Offensive Player of the Year. He also led all running backs with 16 rushing touchdowns. Smith was MSC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season and MSC Special Teams Player of the Week once.

During the season, Smith set numerous program records including most rushing yards in a game (312), most rushing yards in a season (1,376), most rushing touchdowns in a game (five), most rushing touchdowns in a season (16), most points scored in a game (30) and most points scored in a season (102 - 16 rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown).

Strickland led Union with three interceptions to go along with two pass breakups. The 6-foot defensive back recorded 28 total tackles with 18 solo stops. Against Kentucky Christian, Strickland picked off two passes. He also registered a season-high three tackles four times.

Pompilus was disruptive force on the Bulldog defensive line, recording 40 total tackles with 8.5 going for a loss of 46 yards. He also had 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Pompilus registered two sacks in the win over Bethel on Oct. 9, while posting a season-high nine total tackles against Campbellsville (Ky.) on Sept. 4. He had six total tackles in the wins over Shorter (Ga.) and Faulkner as Union closed out the season with back-to-back wins.

Grier spent much of the season as a member of the Bulldog special teams units. He did make one catch for two yards and made three total tackles with one going for a loss of 10 yards. In addition, Grier blocked one kick.

The FCS Senior Football Bowl will bring players who represent 124 FCS Division football programs, to a North vs. South format all-star game.  These players will have earned the honor to play against their best peers in a showcase for all to recognize their talent.