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Tommy Gooden vs. Texas Southern
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media
Tommy Gooden vs. Texas Southern
Three Tigers named to FCS Senior Scout Bowl
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 10/17/2013
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JACKSON – Jackson State’s Zach Pendleton, Derrick Jean and Tommy Gooden have been added to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl watch list for the fourth annual game to be held in Myrtle Beach, SC on Dec. 21.

More about the FCS Senior Scout Bowl

Immediately following the success of the DIII Senior Classic, there was a call to fulfill the same type of need on the D1-FCS (D1-AA) level. Like DIII, there was no considerable post-season scouting opportunity devoted solely to showcasing the FCS athletes. The D1-FBS players have the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, but the FCS athletes who also have a high NFL free-agent signing rate did not have a game to call their own.
Knowing that pro scouting for the FCS level had been increasing and accelerating rapidly over the past decade (especially in the NFL), the CDFL decided to truly build this game as the ultimate scouting opportunity for these young men. This includes:
* Sending invite letters/player information packets and game film to all pro scouts
* Hiring ex-NFL players and top FCS coaching staffs to coach
* Holding a combine and personal workout sessions for the pro scouts throughout the duration of the event
* Opening up all practices and workouts to media and scouts
From this model, the CDFL was able to satisfy the growing interest and scouting elusiveness of the FCS level. This game garners the most attention and popularity due to the caliber of athlete it attracts. Implications are high with the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and rightfully so. On average, 11-18 pro scouts attend the 3-day event. 34% of the players sign NFL contracts while 61% sign some sort of pro contract (CFL, Arena, Europe etc).

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