It was mostly for fun, of course, but ex-central San Joaquin Valley high school stars Deontay Greenberry and Eric Kendricks were honored Friday as members of ESPN.com's "All Bowl" team.
Greenberry, a wide receiver out of Washington High, helped Houston beat Pittsburgh in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
Kendricks, a linebacker who prepped at Hoover, picked up a sack on UCLA's first defensive play in a in over Kansas State at the Valero Alamo Bowl.
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This is what Schlabach had to say about the two local selections;
Deontay Greenberry, Houston
Greenberry helped the Cougars complete one of the most improbable comebacks in bowl history, wiping out a 31-6 deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of a 35-34 victory over Pittsburgh in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Greenberry caught an 8-yard touchdown with 3:41 left, and, after the Cougars scored again and then recovered a second straight onside kick, he hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds left. Trailing 34-33, Greenberry made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone for 2-point conversion, which lifted Houston to the largest comeback in a bowl game that wasn't decided in overtime.
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Kendricks, who won the Butkus Award as the country's top linebacker, sure looked the part during the Bruins' 40-35 win over Kansas State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Kendricks sacked quarterback Jake Waters on the Wildcats' first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for UCLA's sack-happy defense. The Bruins finished with seven sacks, after totaling only 22 in the first 12 games. Kendricks was once again a tackling machine with 10 stops, including a career-high three tackles for loss and two sacks. Kendricks set a UCLA record by recording 10 or more tackles for the 11th time this season, and he extended his school record with 481 career stops.