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12/5/2017 General
Akron to Take on FAU in 2017 Boca Bowl


BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 3, 2017) – This year’s Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl will feature The University of Akron from The Mid-American Conference and Florida Atlantic University from Conference USA, as announced by the conferences and the bowl today.

The 2017 Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. ET, at FAU Stadium. The game will be aired on ESPN.

Akron football finished the season 7-6 overall and 6-2 in the MAC under sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden. Senior quarterback Thomas Woodson leads the Zips on offense along with senior wide receiver Tra’von Chapman. On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Uylsees Gilbert III is ranked No. 15 nationally in total tackles (9.8), while junior defensive back Jordan George is No. 19 in interceptions. Akron is No. 7 in defensive touchdowns (4), No. 25 in turnover margin (.58) and No. 31 in red zone defense (0.791).

FAU finished the season 10-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the conference under head coach Lane Kiffin. The Conference USA champion is making its third bowl game appearance. FAU brings a strong offense that ranks tenth in the nation in scoring offense behind the nation’s leading scorer in running back Devin “Motor” Singletary. The Owls are ranked first in ten conference statistical categories. They bring a balanced defense led by linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and safety Jalen Young, that ranks first in C-USA in passes intercepted (18).

Both teams’ rosters are composed of high-talent athletes, many who received pre-season and post-season accolades. For Akron, three student-athletes earned all-conference honors: junior linebacker Ulysees Gilbert earned first team honors. Defensive back Alvin Davis received second team honors while wide receiver Tra’Von Chapman earned honorable mention. For FAU, running back Devin “Motor” Singletary leads the nation in total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and total points scored. Quarterback Jess Driskel earned Offensive Player of the Week honors while safety Jalen Young earned multiple Defensive Player of the Week honors.

This is both team’s first-ever appearance in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

C-USA media members wishing to participate in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl coaches teleconference beginning at 5:30 p.m. this evening should dial toll-free 877-358-3976. Once connected, provide the operator with the Conference ID 6896457. It is suggested that media members call in at 5:20 p.m. EST.

MAC media members wishing to participate in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl coaches teleconference beginning at 6 p.m. this evening should dial toll-free 877-358-3976. Once connected, provide the operator with the Conference ID 6896457. It is suggested that media members call in at 5:50 p.m. EST.

***IF PARTICIPATING IN BOTH CALLS… DO NOT HANG UP AFTER AAC CALL***

The Cheribundi Tart Chery Boca Raton Bowl is also currently accepting media credential applications. Credential applications will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 8. Media can access the application by clicking here.

For additional information about the Boca Raton Bowl, please visit CheribundiTartCherryBocaRatonBowl.com or e-mail bocabowlmedia@orangebowl.org



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