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Prep Tips: Customization

Prep Sportswear is the perfect place to shop and customize an assortment of fan gear. Whether it’s a school t-shirt, college sweatshirt, sorority tank, or military jacket, we have you covered from head to toe. Most customers of Prep Sportswear don’t know the extent you can customize your fan apparel. You have the power to choose your favorite design, color, style, activity and more. Add your name and number on the back of certain products to make your fan gear truly one-of-a-kind! Here are some Prep Tips that can help you make the most of your customization experience.

Prep Tip #1: Pick Your Unique Activity

Did you know you can pick more than just popular sports as your favorite activity? Find a variety of designs for clubs, family members, academic departments, school events and more. Simply slick on “View All Activities” and drill down until you find your perfect design.

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Prep Tip #2: Choose Your Text Colors

Take your customization one step further by editing the design text! If you don’t like the featured color, you can click on “Edit Colors” and choose from a variety of colors. Pick your favorite color or choose your school colors.

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Prep Tip #3: Customize the Back

If the item you’re looking at shows an option to display the back, that means you can add your own name and number. Click on the “Back” image and type in your name and number. From there you can choose the design you like the best. For further personalization, click “Edit Colors” and choose the colors you think look best.

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Sparkle Twill™ College Fan Gear

Prep Sportswear is excited to announce the launch of Sparkle Twill™ in ALL college stores! Locate the category in your favorite college store’s drop down menu. Now you can express your pride in a fun, bright and unique way. Sparkle Twill™ is an innovative applique technique exclusive to Prep Sportswear that adds a vibrant sparkle to your fan apparel.

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Below are some new Sparkle Twill™ designs from popular colleges offered by Prep Sportswear. Be the first on your campus to sport a sparkle t shirt, glitter hoodie and other great sparkly sportswear items!

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Now you can rock the Louisville Cardinals in a completely different way. Add Sparkle Twill™ lettering to one of our most popular t-shirts for a feminine and comfortable sparkle t shirt. For the colder months, sport your University of Louisville pride in a warm and cozy Cardinals sweatshirt with Sparkle Twill™.

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When you’re working out, let a dose of Buffaloes spirit give you the energy you need to take your routine to the next level. Sporting a Sparkle Twill™ University of Colorado tank will revitalize your workout while adding some glitter to your fan gear! Or throw on a fun Sparkle Twill™ Colorado Buffaloes t-shirt for just hanging around campus.

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Show you’ve got what it takes to be an Oklahoma State University fan in a customized Cowboys sparkly shirt. For the warmer months, an ultra-soft OSU v-neck will keep you cool and comfortable. Whatever product you add Sparkle Twill™ to, it’s sure to add a splash of femininity and fun.

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One of the great things about Sparkle Twill™ is that you can add it to a variety of apparel items, like a sweatshirt or tank-top. Kick your Shockers pride up a notch by creating black and yellow sparkle gear. Whether it’s a sparkle hoodie and glitter t shirt, it’s sure to become a WSU fan gear favorite.

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You’ll definitely stand out from the crowd with your school’s name in sparkles. Sparkly sportswear is the new trend on campus so why wait to customize your own fan gear? The vibrant colors and bright finish of Sparkle Twill™ are only some of the favorite traits of this new embroidery technique. If you’re worried about sparkles and glitter getting everywhere, you can stop. The sparkles are fused to the shirt using an innovative heating process that ensures the sparkle embroidery is securely fastened. So go ahead! Create yours today and find out what all the hype is about!

April 2014 Marathon Events

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Here’s a look at some of the most popular 2014 Marathons coming up in April. At Prep Sportswear you can customize marathon apparel and race clothing that’s specific to your event. If you’re running or watching any of the 2014 marathons below, make sure to get your custom race gear in time!

Salt Lake City Marathon 4/19/14 Jackson, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City Marathon

Participants of the Salt Lake City Marathon run along a 26.219-mile (42.195 km) course that is surrounded by snow-capped peaks contrasting with spring blossoms. The scenic Salt Lake City Marathon begins at the Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah and follows the base of the Wasatch Mountains before turning into the city’s neighborhoods and city center. A bike tour follows the entire length of the course, and a 5K and half marathon course each follow a portion of the full course, all ending at the Gateway. Customize your personal 2014 Salt Lake City Marathon t-shirt if you’re running or volunteering!

 

Country Music Marathon 4/26/14, Nashville, TN

Country Music Marathon

The Country Music Marathon was first established in 2000 and is currently located in the country music capital Nashville, TN. The route begins in Centennial Park and continues along many of Nashville’s sights including music row, Belmont University, the State Capitol Building, the Cumberland River, Shelby Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway, and ends outside LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. Many bands and cheerleaders entertain runners and walkers. The Country Music Marathon is followed by an evening concert which has previously featured Sara Evans, Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina, Brad Paisley, and Lee Roy Parnell among others. If you’re running in the 2014 Country Music Marathon, stand out from the crowd with custom made race gear and marathon apparel.

Blue Ridge Marathon 4/26/14, Roanoke, VA

Blue Ridge Marathon

The Blue Ridge Marathon is an annual marathon held in Roanoke, Virginia and is known to be one of the most challenging and beautiful marathons on the east coast. With a total 7,430 feet of elevation change, it has earned its title of America’s Toughest Road Marathon. The breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery will offer some reprieve to runners as they persevere to the finish line. Wear exclusive Blue Ridge Marathon t-shirts when you’re running the course this year only available at Prep Sportswear!

 

Illinois Marathon 4/26/14, Champaign/Urbana, IL

Illinois Marathon

The Illinois Marathon is a for-profit marathon which was held for the first time on April 11, 2009 in Champaign, Illinois. The Boston qualifier course is a beautiful flat scene tour of revitalized downtown streets, tree-lined residential neighborhoods and paved park trails. A large portion of the race is run on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and finishes at the 50-yard line of Zuppke Field in Memorial Stadium. There is only 85 feet of elevation, which produces fast times. Whether you’re a runner, supporter, or volunteer, we have custom-made Illinois Marathon 2014 gear for you.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 4/27/14, Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Marathon

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is an event commemorating the Oklahoma City bombing. Voted one of the 12 ‘must-run’ marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine, the 26.2 miles of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon are packed with cheering supporters and the most beautiful neighborhoods in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has contributed $2.175 million to the Memorial since its inception. Run in style in the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon with customized race clothing you won’t find anywhere else.

New Jersey Marathon 4/27/14, Oceanport, NJ

New Jersey Marathon

The New Jersey Marathon is an annual marathon that takes place in and around Long Branch, NJ. The Boston qualifier course runs through the diverse neighborhoods and business districts of Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. This scenic fast and flat course is very popular with both runners and spectators alike. Customize a variety of race apparel with exclusive and unique New Jersey Marathon designs to represent your race and stand out from the crowd!

 

 

2014 College Baseball Preview

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The weather is getting warmer and college baseball season is getting closer. The highly anticipated 2014 baseball season is sure to be filled with talented athletes and exciting games. Whether you’re a baseball player yourself or just a crazy fan, we have your college baseball preview to get you amped up for the 2014 season. Visit Prep Sportswear for all of your college baseball apparel needs!

Oregon State 

Oregon State

The Oregon State Beavers had a very successful season in 2013, returning to the College World Series for the first time since the Beaver’s back to back National Championships in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The Beavers baseball team won a total of 52 games and brought home the Pac-12 Conference title.  This baseball season, a number of prime players are coming back and expectations are high in Corvallis. The Oregon State baseball team is boasting multiple All-American quality players on both the mound and in the field.  The Oregon State Beavers will be tested early, as they open the season against reigning West Coast Conference champ Gonzaga followed by facing three of the top teams in the Big Ten: Indiana, Michigan State and Nebraska.  The Beavers eliminated Indiana from the College World Series last season and the Hoosiers will look for revenge.  However, it looks like the Oregon State baseball team has all the talent to win these games and should find themselves back in Omaha this year. Cheer on the Beavers this season with more customizable Oregon State fan gear than anywhere else!

Mississippi State 

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs started off last season strong, winning their first 17 games and rode that early success to a 51-20 record.  The Mississippi State baseball team went all the way to the finals of the 2013 College World Series, but ultimately fell to the UCLA Bruins.  A strong group of returnees is back for the 2014 season along with a highly ranked recruiting class, creating high expectations for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have a relatively easy schedule early and are expected to rack up the wins that could lead to a return trip to Omaha in 2014. Show your Bulldogs pride this college baseball season with customizable Mississippi State t-shirts and sweatshirts!

Louisville 

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Following a record year for the Louisville Cardinals baseball team, the University of Louisville is riding high and looking to stay on the national stage. After a return trip to the College World Series six years after its first appearance and winning a program-record 51 games, the Louisville Cardinals had a taste of victory and are back for some more. Although head coach Dan McDonnell has to replace some of the top talent from the record-setting season, the competition in the American Athletic Conference will not be strong and should allow Louisville to have another impressive year. The University of Louisville will have to work hard though; the loss of the top pitchers is a tough one and will likely be what hurts Louisville from reaching Omaha again. A run into the Super Regional round is likely and still equates to a quality year. Root loud and proud for the Cardinals with custom made Louisville baseball fan gear!

Kansas State

Kansas State

The Kansas State Wildcats are coming off a great 2013 baseball season, where they went 45-19 and brought home the Big 12 title. Kansas State hosted and won a regional and won the opening game of the Super Regional with Oregon State before dropping the next two games and becoming eliminated. The Wildcats baseball team is expected to have another great year thanks to a lot of production returns, including a pair of talented returnees who declined to sign pro contracts after being selected in the top 25 rounds.  The Kansas State Wildcats have a tough opening series at Cal Poly, but the schedule after that is in the Wildcat’s favor.  If Kansas State decides on a starting rotation and gets production out of the outfielders, the Wildcats have a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament, and be a sleeper to make it to Omaha. Stand out from the crowd this season with Kansas State fan gear with exclusive baseball designs!

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Just like they have done in other sports, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have proven they can compete with the big boys down in Norman in programs like football and basketball. Add baseball to that mix. The Cowboys baseball team posted a 40-win season last year and made it all the way to the NCAA regional finals before it lost to the Louisville Cardinals. With all of the skilled players returning, Oklahoma State should be an NCAA candidate this baseball season. If the Cowboys can be as intimidating again at home, the Big 12 title will not be out of reach. Shop a collection of Oklahoma State Cowboys t-shirts, hats, hoodies and more to start off the baseball season in style.

National Basketball League Snapshot

Australia’s National Basketball League was formed in 1979 and is regarded as one of the premier basketball leagues in the world. The NBL has grown from a fledgling competition with games played in front of just a few hundred people to a league that attracts more than 750,000 spectators each season. Some of the NBL’s greatest players include five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze, brilliant 21-season scoring-machine Leroy Loggins, five-time championship-winner Larry Sengstock, and 500-game veterans Ray Borner and James Crawford. If you don’t know much about NBL teams, continue reading to learn more about the talented teams that make up the league.

Adelaide 36ers

Adelaide 36ers

The Adelaide 36ers basketball team represents the state of South Australia. The club was originally called the Adelaide City Eagles when they joined the NBL in 1982, but changed their name to the 36ers the following year. The 36ers nickname comes from the fact that the Colony of South Australia was officially proclaimed on December 28, 1836. The Sixers play their home games at the Adelaide Arena, known as “The Brett Maher Court” within the NBL. The Adelaide 36ers tally of four championships is equal with the Melbourne Tigers, and second only behind the Perth Wildcats as the most by any club in the NBL’s history. Represent Adelaide on and off the court with exclusive 36ers gear.

Cairns Taipans

Cairns Taipans

The Cairns Taipans are based in the North Queensland city of Cairns. The Taipans, named after a species of venomous snake native to Australia, entered the National Basketball League in the 1999/2000 season. The Taipans play their home games at the 5,300 seat Cairns Convention Centre (CCC), known as “The Snakepit” within the NBL, and play in orange and white colors. Although they have never won an NBL Championship, they have made four NBL Finals appearances and one Grand Final appearance. Show your pride for the Cairns with a customized Taipans t-shirt or sweatshirt!

 

Melbourne Tigers

Melbourne Tigers

The Melbourne club has been around since the beginning of Victorian Basketball Association Championships which started in 1931. The Tigers are the only team in the league representing the state of Victoria and are based in the state capital, Melbourne. The Melbourne Tigers are the equal second most successful club in the NBL alongside the Adelaide 36ers, with both clubs having won four NBL championships. If you’re a true Tigers fan, make it known with custom made Melbourne Tigers fan gear for everyone to see.

 

New Zealand Breakers

New Zealand Breakers

The New Zealand has been one of the NBL teams since the 2003/04 season and are the only team from outside of Australia to compete in the National Basketball League. The club is based in the city of Auckland, New Zealand and split their home games between the North Shore Events Center, known as “The Breakerdome” within the NBL, and the Vector Arena. In 2011 the Breakers won their first NBL championship title, becoming the first New Zealand team in any sport to win an Australian-based sporting championship. They successfully defended their championship title in 2012 and 2013. Shop a variety of New Zealand Breakers shirts, hoodies and hats to show ultimate Breakers pride.

Perth Wildcats

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The Perth Wildcats are the only team in the league representing the state of Western Australia and are based in the state capital, Perth. The basketball team plays its home games at the Perth Arena in Perth, known colloquially as “The Jungle” and are the highest-drawing and most successful club in the league. The Wildcats have achieved five championships, their most recent title in 2010, defeating the Wollongong Hawks. If you’re a Perth fan through and through, check out some of our exclusive Wildcats designs and Perth apparel.

 

Sydney Kings

Sydney Kings

The Sydney Kings were originally formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in 1988. They came to be the first team to win three consecutive championships from 2003 to 2005 in the NBL and currently sit third behind the Perth Wildcats, Adelaide 36ers and Melbourne Tigers. The Kings play their home games at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales. Show your love for the Kings with customized Sydney Kings shirts and other Kings fan apparel.

 

Townsville Crocodiles

Townsville Crocodiles

The Townsville Crocodiles basketball team was originally established for the 1993 National Basketball League season. Currently based in the North Queensland city of Townsville, the Crocodiles may not be the best basketball team in the NBL. Although the Crocodiles have enjoyed financial stability and sustained community support, their on-court success and NBL standings have eluded them. The Townsville Crocodiles never won an NBL Championship and only had one NBL Grand Final appearances. For the biggest collection of customizable Townsville Crocodiles gear, check out Prep Sportswear.

Wollongong Hawks

Wollongong Hawks

The Wollongong Hawks are based in Wollongong, New South Wales and are the only remaining NBL club to have competed in every season since the league’s inception in 1979 without relocating to another city. The Hawks won the NBL championship in 2001 and finished as runners-up in 2005 and 2010. Rock Hawk gear proudly at your next basketball game or on the streets with Wollongong Hawks fan gear customized entirely by you.

2014 College Softball Preview

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The weather is getting warmer and college softball season is getting closer. There are tons of talented athletes and incredible programs to watch out for this year. Whether you’re a softball player yourself or just a crazy fan, we have your college softball preview to get you amped up for the 2014 season. This is the first segment of Prep Sportswear’s college softball preview so make sure to check back for more to come. Visit Prep Sportswear for all of your college softball apparel needs!

Washington Huskies

 Washington sweatshirtThe Washington Huskies softball team is coming off of their third trip to the Women’s College World Series in the past five years. In 2013, the University of Washington’s softball team bowed out after losing to eventual champion Oklahoma. This year, the Huskies softball team is full of veterans as 13 of the returning players are talented upperclassmen, including eight seniors. The UW women’s softball team has a lot of experience and two aces. As usual, the 2014 squad isn’t afraid to play tough non-conference games and starts the season off with Baylor, San Diego and Arkansas in about a 28 hour window.

Missouri Tigers

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The Mizzou Tigers Softball team, in their final year of relying on pitcher Chelsea Thomas and field players Nicole Hudson and Jenna Marston, lost out on a return trip to the World Series after they were defeated by the Washington Huskies. The University of Missouri’s fate rests in pitching.  If Stangel, Finucane and Marble can hang with the big girls, Earleywine’s troops have a puncher’s chance. Since the Mizzou Tigers softball team lost a big chunk of its offense to graduation, the pitching will need to be good in 2014.

 

Stanford Cardinals

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The Stanford softball team is coming off of its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, one that saw the Cardinals softball team lose twice to Nebraska in the Lincoln Regional. It was a tumultuous season, as the Cardinals swept UCLA and won streaks of seven and eight games, but ultimately were never able to beat the highly ranked teams on a consistent basis. With all of the hitters returning, the Stanford softball team has a real shot of being very good this year. How the Cardinals do will depend on how the freshmen pitchers adapt to the college softball world, which will show in the team’s first four games against N.C. State, San Diego State, Northwestern and Indiana.

South Florida Bulls

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In 2013 the South Florida Bulls softball team posted a 45-16 overall record with an 18-3 record in their last year of Big East play. SF softball coach Ken Eriksen has an almost unmatched resume-15 winning seasons, conference championship, a World Series appearance and Coach of Team USA. The South Florida Bulls softball team went 2-2 at last year’s regional, defeated 2-0 by the SEC’s University of Florida, the same team South Florida defeated on their way to the 2012 WCWS. The Brahman Bulls’ average score was 4-2, so it is really built around the defense and pitching. It will be key to see who will step up as a reliable backup in the circle.

High School Lacrosse Gear for the Spring Season!

High school lacrosse season is coming and we have all the lax fan gear to get you pumped up. If you’re looking for a lacrosse t-shirt, lacrosse warm ups or just lax fan gear, Prep Sportswear has you covered. Customize any of our high school lacrosse apparel with your school name and number for unique and personal look.

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Our custom lacrosse t-shirts are built for lasting wear. Our lacrosse shirts are made of comfortable and durable cotton that will last season after season. The sturdy construction prevents ripping and stretching, and holds its shape wash after wash. Customize any of our lacrosse t-shirts with your name and number on the back to show ultimate lax pride.

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A long-sleeve lacrosse t-shirt is perfect on its own or layered under a cozy high school hooded or crewneck sweatshirt. Prep Sportswear carries long sleeve shirts that are crafted with ultra-soft cotton and can feature designs handpicked by you.  Customize your own high school lacrosse long sleeve shirt today and get it ready for game time.

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Our customizable lacrosse shorts will help you win while keeping you dry and comfortable. Just right for training in the gym or playing on the field, our lacrosse shorts are made with light and durable fabric.  They feature an unlined athletic cut and room for a comfortable bit. Add your high school name and number for extra personalization.

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A cotton like feel combines with sweat-wicking performance to keep you cool and dry in our performance shirts. A performance long sleeve lacrosse is the perfect piece of apparel for layering when it’s cold or wearing on its own. Our performance long sleeves feature an anti-pill finish and can be customized with any of our exclusive lacrosse designs.

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Finally, a performance t-shirt that will perform well up to the last playing minute. Our lacrosse performance t-shirts are super soft and feel like cotton. The ultra-light fabric will wick away sweat so you stay cool and dry during practice or fierce competition.

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Our women’s lacrosse shirts are sure to become a wardrobe stable. Crafted for the ultimate lax fan, our women’s shirts are made with soft fabric and fitted for a women’s body. Choose a custom lacrosse design for a one-of-a-kind look.

March 2014 Marathon Events

Here’s a look at some of the most popular 2014 Marathons coming up in March. At Prep Sportswear you can customize marathon apparel and race clothing that’s specific to your event. If you’re running or watching any of the 2014 marathons below, make sure to get your custom race gear in time!

Little Rock Marathon 3/2/14 Little Rock, AK 

Little Rock Marathon

The Little Rock Marathon, started in 2003, is an annual marathon held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event was created to encourage better health and fitness, raise funds for Little Rock Parks & Recreation, and promote tourism in Arkansas.  Participants come from all 50 states and 10 different countries to take part of the USATF sanctioned 26.2-mile single loop course. The course is scenic and includes many of Little Rock’s landmarks; it is the first race in the state to be transponder chip timed, and also a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. If you’re running in the Little Rock Marathon 2014, stand out from the crowd with one-of-a-kind marathon apparel!

Los Angeles Marathon 3/9/14 Los Angeles, CA

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The ASICS LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California.  The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. Boxing great Muhammad Ali served as the honorary race starter for several years between 1989 and 2004. Currently, the LA Marathon “Stadium to the Sea” course starts at the Dodger Stadium and finishes at the Santa Monica Pier. Whether you’re a runner, supporter, or volunteer, we have custom-made Los Angeles Marathon 2014 gear for you.

Knoxville Marathon 3/30/14 Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Marathon

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is an annual 42.195-kilometer marathon in Knoxville, Tennessee. The course starts in Downtown Knoxville at Clinch Ave. bridge near the Knoxville Convention Center in the shadows of the Sunsphere. The race boasts a unique finish, ending on the 50 yard line of the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. A prize fund of $10,000 is distributed between the top finishers in the marathon and half marathon. Run in style in the 2014 Knoxville Marathon with customized race clothing you won’t find anywhere else.

Goodbye College Football Season, Hello NFL Draft

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The end of the 2013-14 college football bowl season brings the start of the 2014 NFL draft. Plenty of talented athletes took part in the bowl games this season—some making headlines, others falling short. The bowl games are the chance for athletes to show their talent and potential on a big stage, making the games important to NFL scouts. Of course, these players’ “draft stocks” can change while they go through the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days before the draft rolls around in May. Until then, we can begin to assess which players have already begun to help or hurt themselves as they continue on the path to play professional football.

Michael Sam, DE, University of Missouri

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University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is undersized for a defensive end at 6’2″ and 255 pounds which might make scouts weary of his ability to get past some of the larger offensive tackles on the NFL level. He was relatively ineffective for the Tigers through three-and-a-half quarters against Oklahoma State but ultimately came away with the sack/fumble that sealed the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl win.  As of now, it appears as though Sam could be a late-round prospect for the 2014 draft. However, after a quiet showing at the Cotton Bowl, his draft grade could be in jeopardy.

 

Henry Josey, RB, University of Missouri

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University of Missouri running back Henry Josey finished off a fantastic 2013 season during the Cotton Bowl after coming back from a knee injury that forced him to miss the 2012 college football season. At 5’10″ and 190 pounds, Josey is a strong and fast runner. Recently, Josey was clutch for the Missouri Tigers offense, rushing 12 times for 92 yards—an average of 7.7 yards per carry—and three touchdowns. However, his size and past injury could be of some concern to NFL scouts.

 

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was considered to be the second-best signal-caller in this year’s draft class before his dismal performance in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Unfortunately, his excellent college career has ended with some doubts. After only being able to complete 29 of his 54 passing attempts for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against USC, Carr’s future has been reconsidered. This was by far his worst performance of the year and could lead to some concerns about his ability to perform in prime time.

 

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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Although Khalil Mack is still considered one of the best outside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft, UCLA’s Anthony Barr could have a major advantage after Mack’s performance against San Diego State in the Idaho Potato Bowl. The San Diego State Aztecs were able to dominate Mack and the Buffalo Bulls defense on their way to a 49-24 victory. In the end, Mack came away with an unimpressive six total tackles and one pass defended in the contest. Unfortunately, Mack just did not deliver in the game he was expected to flourish. The Buffalo Bulls linebacker will still be a first-round prospect, but where he goes within the round could partially ride on his last performance with Buffalo.

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles didn’t disappoint fans in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Bortles has been surging up draft boards due to his strong arm, impressive athleticism and NFL-caliber size. Bortles is making a great case to be one of the first three quarterbacks taken in May. The UCF quarterback was able to tear up Baylor’s defense to the tune of 301 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed eight times for 93 yards and another score. His one-man show should definitely solidify his first-round grade in the upcoming draft.

 

Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young

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Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is easily one of the most sought-after outside linebackers in the upcoming NFL draft. However, his performance against the Washington Huskies in the Fight Hunger Bowl could push him back into the second day. Although his performance wasn’t awful, Van Noy was not as visible or as much of a threat as he could have been in the college bowl game. He was however credited with seven total tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss during the game.

McDonald’s All American Game Nominees Announced

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The McDonald’s All-American game has recently announced the high school basketball players that have been nominated to participate. While a nomination in itself isn’t a guaranteed invite to play in the game, it is a prestigious honor nonetheless. High school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee are all responsible for deliberating and choosing who they think they best high school basketball players are in the country. The Greatest McDonald’s All Americans list includes some of the top names in basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett.

The 2014 McDonald’s All American Game will be held on April 2 at the United Center in Chicago. Consisting of the top players, each team plays a single exhibition game after the conclusion of the high-school basketball season, in an East vs. West format. As part of the annual event, boys also compete in a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting competition and an overall timed skills competition. The girls compete in the three-point shooting competition and the overall-skills competition. Nearly 1,000 players from 44 states and Washington, D.C., were nominated for the games. Here are some of the top ranking high school basketball players that were nominated:

Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young High School – Chicago)

Myles Turner (Trinity High School – Euless)

Cliff Alexander (Curie High School – Chicago)

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley High School – Apple Valley)

Karl Towns Jr. (St. Joseph High School – Metuchen)

Trey Lyles (Arsenal Technical High School – Indianapolis)

Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei High School – Santa Ana)

Kevon Looney (Milwaukee Hamilton High School – Milwaukee)

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game! Make sure to represent your high school in the game with customized fan gear from Prep Sportswear!