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Seven former San Clemente High School football players will play in college football bowl games in the coming weeks. As far as Tritons head coach Jaime Ortiz can remember, that is a record number of Tritons who will get to compete on national television during the holidays.
Here is a breakdown of the local players involved along with scheduled times and television channels.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: A matchup between No. 25 USC and No. 20 Fresno State will take place on Saturday, December 21. San Clemente alumni Christian Tober and the Trojans (9-4) will take on the high-powered Bulldogs’ (11-1) passing attack at 12:30 PST. The game is set to broadcast on ABC.
Hawaii Bowl: Oregon State (6-6) squares off against Boise State (8-4) on Tuesday, December 24 at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN. Look for former Triton Sean Harlow, a true freshman, to start on the offensive line for the Beavers.
AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona (7-5) will play Boston College (7-5) on Tuesday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m. PST in Shreveport, La. The game, which will be seen on ESPN, features former Tritons Bret Miller, a kicker/punter for Arizona, and Chase Rettig, the starting quarterback for the Eagles.
Gator Bowl: San Clemente High alumni Christian Bailey (wide receiver) and Nebraska (8-4) will play No. 22 Georgia (8-4) on Wednesday, January 1 at 9 a.m. The game is set to air on ESPN2.
Rose Bowl: No. 5 Stanford (11-2) will battle No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) in one of the nations’ premier bowl games on Wednesday, January 1. Stanford will field former Tritons Kyle Murphy (tackle/tight end) and Austin Tubbs (long snapper).