Allison, Davidson to Play In FCS National Bowl
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – West Liberty University quarterback Jack Allison will enjoy a Homecoming of sorts this weekend as one of four Mountain East Conference players chosen to play in Sunday’s eighth annual FCS National Bowl All-Star Game.
A Florida native who began his collegiate journey at the University of Miami, the 6-4, 195-pound signalcaller will join 77 other senior football players from the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III ranks in the showcase event for scouts from the National Football League and Canadian Football League.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. The official live stream broadcast of the game will be available on the FCS National Bowl’s Facebook page – FCS National Bowl Stream – with a 10-minute delay.
The 78 players have been split into two teams. Jim Collins is the National Team’s head coach, a veteran of three decades on the collegiate sidelines who recently accepted the head coaching job at NCAA Division III Wittenberg (Ohio). The American Team is helmed by long-time NCAA and NFL assistant Mike Stock, the NFL’s 1997 Special Teams Coach of the Year as part of Marty Schottenheimer’s staff with the Kansas City Chiefs.
One of three quarterbacks on the National Team, Allison will be sharing playing time under center with Shannon Patrick of Bethune-Cookman and Evan Ernst of Ohio Dominican.
Among their aerial targets will be Fairmont State WR Javon Hayes and Wheeling’s Jaquaun Davidson. Also representing the MEC in Sunday’s game is Fairmont State linebacker Danny Anige.
Allison came to WLU two years ago as a graduate transfer from West Virginia University. The strong-armed QB battled injuries throughout his stay on the hilltop but delivered several impressive performances when healthy. He was nominated for MEC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 31-of-43 passes for 294 yards and 4 TDs in a 33-28 loss to West Virginia State. Allison also had a 4-touchdown game in the Spring 2021 season finale at Glenville, a 37-14 West Liberty romp.
During his 10 games on the hilltop, the Palmetto, Fla. native completed nearly 56 percent (165-for-296) of his passes for 1,697 yards and 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
Davidson of Wheeling is the lone member of the Wheeling football team selected for this year’s game and the first Wheeling football player to receive an invite to the game. He had a big season for the red and black, appearing in all 11 games and making 42 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns. He finished second on the team in receptions (42) and third in both yards/catch (10.63) and receiving yards (458). However, he led Wheeling in average receiving yards per game with 74.00
Davidson’s biggest performance of the season came against UNC Pembroke when he led the team with seven catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns in what was a 34-28 loss for the Braves. His first touchdown came with the Cardinals down 24-9 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. He caught a 15-yard touchdown from quarterback Brennon Norris that brought the Cardinals to within two scores of UNC Pembroke. His second score of the game came with the game on the line and 2:32 on the clock. He pulled in a 21-yard score that brought the Cardinals within one score, but it wasn’t enough as Wheeling dropped a close Mountain East Conference (MEC) game.