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More than 150 SEC players to wear grad patch in bowls

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SEC Staff
Photo: Vanderbilt Athletics

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
Jonathan Allen
Ryan Anderson
Anthony Averett
Dakota Ball
Cooper Bateman
David Cornwell
Gehrig Dieter
Raheem Falkins
Reuben Foster
Brandon Greene
Adam Griffith
Truett Harris
OJ Howard
Eddie Jackson
Korren Kirven
Jake Long
Cole Mazza
Brandon Moore
Josh Palet
Alphonse Taylor
Dalvin Tomlinson

Belk Bowl - 
December 29
Austin Allen
Toby Baker
Jared Collins
Brooks Ellis
Matthew Emrich
Keon Hatcher
Cody Hollister
Taiwan Johnson
Jeremiah Ledbetter
Brandon Lewis
Adam McFain
Connor McPherson
Damon Mitchell
Drew Morgan
Jake Raulerson
Dominique Reed
Daniel Skipper
Jeremy Sprinkle
Kody Walker
JaMichael Winston
Deatrich Wise

Allstate Sugar Bowl - 
January 2
Montravius Adams
Daniel Carlson
Xavier Dampeer
Marcus Davis
T.J. Davis
Austin Dupper
Jonathan Ford
Austin Golson
Greg Hall Jr.
Joshua Holsey
Alex Kozan
Devaroe Lawrence
Robert Leff
Damian Lewis
Tray Matthews
T.J. Neal
Marshall Taylor
Stanton Truitt

Outback Bowl - 
January 2
Luke Del Rio
Mark Herndon
Michael Iorio
Neil MacInnes
Mark Norvelis
Jordan Sherit
Austin Appleby
Alex Anzalone

Autozone Liberty Bow
l - December 30
John Atkins
Tyler Catalina
Aaron Davis
Seattle Fenteng
Charles Hegedus
Greyson Lambert
Thomas Long
Quincy Mauger
Thomas Pritchard
Greg Pyke
Maurice Smith
Kenneth Towns
Ridge Underwood

TaxSlayer Bowl - 
December 31
Will Thomas Collins
Tanner Fink
Dylan Greenberg
J.D. Harmon
Blake McClain
Zach Myers
Jon Toth
Zane Williams

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - 
December 31
Colby Delahoussaye
Marcus Roberts
John Ballis
Travin Dural
Colin Jeter
Lewis Neal
Ethan Pocic
Dwayne Thomas
Tre'Davious White

St. Petersburg Bowl - 
December 26
Nelson Adams
Richie Brown
Johnathan Calvin
Kelan Chairs
Will Coleman
Kivon Coman
Torrey Dale
Devon Desper
Donald Gray
Brandon Holloway
A.J. Jefferson
Cedric Jiles
Jocquell Johnson
Fred Ross
Justin Senior
Ashton Shumpert
DeAndre Ward
Damian Williams

Birmingham Bowl - 
December 29
Larenz Bryant
Jordan Diggs
Chaz Elder
Darius English
T.J. Holloman
Shannon James
Abu Lamin
Marquavius Lewis
Sean Kelly
Chris Moody
Perry Orth
Darius Paulk
Jamari Smith
Jonathan Walton
Mason Zandi

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - 
December 30
Kenny Bynum
Jason Croom
LaTroy Lewis
Charles Folger
Malik Foreman
Brett Kendrick
Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Cam Sutton
Dylan Wiesman

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - 
December 28
Kalvin Cline
Jermaine Eluemunor
Avery Gennesy
Trevor Knight
Boone Niederhofer
Will Paulhill
Ed Pope
Alex Sezer Jr.
James White

Camping World Independence Bowl - 
December 26
Torey Agee
Adam Butler
Barrett Gouger
Will Holden
Andrew Jelks
Torren McGaster
Nehemiah Mitchell
Ja'Karri Thomas