A grand total of 110 student-athletes will take the field in the annual Blue Grey All American bowl.
Nine of those student-athletes will represent the Tampa Bay area.
Quarterback Chris Butash and wide receiver Kyle Benedict are the only pair of local teammates representing the South.
Butash will play at Holy Cross next year, while Benedict is hoping this game gives him the exposure he needs to continue playing football at the next level.
“I know a couple of my coaches from my colleges are watching. Hopefully they’ll be able to see how I have good talent and choose to have me on their team,” he said.
Benedict might not know what his football future holds, but he’s happy to be sharing some additional practice time with his quarterback.
“It’s special…being able to do it one more time.”
He’s enjoyed meeting players in practice from different parts of the country.
“I made bonds with my roommates. It’s neat to talk about our experiences on our official visits.”
Who could forget that these two are in the presence of former NFL coaches making for a very special week.
“You honestly can’t beat it. It’s great to learn a lot of lessons and get a lot out of it,” Butash added.
Kickoff of this year’s Blue Grey All American Bowl is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from Raymond James Stadium.