Birmingham, Ala. - More than 150 Southeastern Conference football student-athletes are eligible to wear the SEC Graduation Patch in post-season bowl games, signifying that they have earned their college degrees.
The SEC introduced the patch this season for student-athletes in all sports who have already earned their degree, but have not exhausted their eligibility. The SEC logo patch on their uniforms is being replaced with a special patch with the word "Graduate" underneath the conference logo. The patch is similar in design for all conference schools, but it is school-specific in color.
A total of 157 football student-athletes from the 12 SEC schools that have qualified for post-season play will be participating in bowl games beginning December 26 with Mississippi State's appearance in the St. Petersburg Bowl to January 2 when Florida plays in the Outback Bowl and Auburn competes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
"The SEC Graduation Patch embodies the concept of 'Scholars, Champions and Leaders' that serves as a vision for individual excellence in the classroom and in competition," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "The fact that more than 150 of our student-athletes have achieved this level of success makes the celebrations connected to bowl games even more significant this season."
Following is a complete list of SEC football student-athletes who are eligible to wear the patch in post-season bowl games:
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - December 31
Belk Bowl - December 29
Allstate Sugar Bowl - January 2
Greg Hall Jr.
Outback Bowl - January 2
Luke Del Rio
Autozone Liberty Bowl - December 30
TaxSlayer Bowl - December 31
Will Thomas Collins
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - December 31
St. Petersburg Bowl - December 26
Birmingham Bowl - December 29
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - December 30
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - December 28
Alex Sezer Jr.
Camping World Independence Bowl - December 26