Cousar, Rollins to play in National Bowl

Joe Rollins, Mike Cousar (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Joe Rollins, Mike Cousar (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

MIAMI, Fla. – Two members of the McDaniel football team will represent the squad at the 2013 National Bowl Game presented by East Preps at Florida International University on Sunday.

Seniors Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) will play in the fourth annual game, consisting of top players from Non-FBS schools.

Cousar and Rollins will both play for the Red Nation team and will be the only Centennial Conference (CC) players on that squad and two of just three conference players at the event.

Rollins, a running back, finished the season with 1,374 rushing yards to lead the conference, earning first-team All-CC honors and was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year. His 1.37.4-yard-per-game average ranks 20th in Division III at the end of the regular season. He found the end zone 13 times on the ground and had seven 100-yard rushing games and three 200-yard games. Rollins also caught 26 passes out of the backfield for 188 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for 264 yards. He also had 43 punt-return yards to finish the season with a CC-best 1,869 all-purpose yards. Rollins becomes the 13th player in program history to earn the Player of the Year honors. He finished his career second all-time with 4,641 career rushing yards and 34 touchdowns. His 6,123 all-purpose yards is third all-time.

Cousar, an outside linebacker, was an honorable mention All-CC selection. He led the team with 91 tackles, which ranked ninth his the CC. He had double-digit tackles in five of the nine games in which he played. His 10.1 tackles per game ranked eighth in the conference. He added 2.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. He also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The National Bowl is billed as the only elite Non-FBS postseason all-star game that sees scouts from several NFL teams along with the CFL, and arena leagues. During National Bowl weekend players attend an "Athletes & Agents Conference" where NFL agents and sports insiders educate the players on the process of going pro. The Red Nation team will be coached by Mike Stock, who has been an NFL coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers.

The Green Terror finished the season with a record of 2-8 (2-7 CC).