Three Football Seniors to Play in All-Star Games

Three Football Seniors to Play in All-Star Games

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—After helping the Southern Virginia University football program to its most successful season in school history, three senior scholar-athletes have been selected to compete in elite all-star games throughout the country based on their accomplishments from the 2013 season.

Linebacker Dakoda Winsor will play in the National Bowl Game this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in Miami, Fla. Senior wide receiver Dee Sanford was chosen to play in the USA Football Bowl on January 20 in Hoover, Ala., while offensive lineman Tyler Condiff will play in both the American Aztec Bowl on December 14 in Mexico City and the All-American Bowl on December 28 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Presented by East Preps, LLC, the National Bowl Game will be played at Florida International University's Alfonso Field. Winsor led Southern Virginia in tackles during the 2013 season with 80 (41 solo, 39 assisted), which included 17.5 tackles for loss for a combined loss of 53 yards for the opponent. The West Richland, Wash., native also earned 3.5 sacks on the year, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a safety.

Over his career at Southern Virginia, Winsor ranks No. 1 in program history in kick return yards with 2,214, first in career fumble recoveries with seven, No. 2 in career assisted tackles with 121, No. 2 in pass breakups with 14, No. 3 in career tackles with 276, No. 3 in unassisted tackles with 145 and No. 3 in career tackles for loss with 30.5.

Sanford broke multiple single-season and single-game records at Southern Virginia as a senior during the 2013 season. As a punt returner, he ranks No. 1 in punt return yards for a season (214) and average yards per punt return (12.59). In the game at Apprentice on Nov. 2, his 57-yard punt return for a touchdown was the second-longest punt return in program history.

As a wide receiver, Sanford's nine pass receptions for touchdowns ranks No. 2 in the school record books for a single season and his 672 reception yards ranks No. 4 in school history for one season. Three times during the year he scored two touchdowns in a game

Condiff, a Spring, Texas, native, played in 44 games as an offensive lineman during his career and started 36 of those games as a center, guard or tight end. He played an integral role in helping the Knights to five wins in 2012 and record eight wins in 2013. Throughout his career, he helped Southern Virginia to 19 victories.

To help offset the costs of participating in the bowl games, each member of the trio will receive the Dunn-Page Senior Knight Award. The honor is named after two of the all-time great Knight football players, McKay Dunn & Hayes Page, who were the first two football scholar-athletes in Southern Virginia history to play in senior all-star games.