By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
An incredible 23 players will represent
Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in the BCS National Championship Game on January 6th in Pasadena, many of them integral to their respective team's success in 2013.
Take a look the Florida State and Auburn IMPACT players that called our lovely region home during their prep years. You'll see these names and faces prominently at the Rose Bowl.
Florida State (13-0)
WR 1 Kelvin Benjamin (Glades Central) – The redshirt sophomore had 50 catches for 957 yards. His 14 TD's ranked 1st in the ACC by a wide margin. Benjamin's was 2nd in the ACC in yards per catch (19.1). Named to All-ACC Third Team.
TE 35 Nick O'Leary (Dwyer) – It was a breakout year for the junior. Was named to All-ACC Second Team. Top tight end in conference in TD's (7). Had most yards per catch of any TE with double-digit receptions (16.9).
DB 37 Keelin Smith (Treasure Coast) – Had 15 tackles this year. Collected an INT vs. Idaho.
DB 42 Lamarcus Brutus (Treasure Coast) – 13 tackles on the season. Had a pass deflection at Wake Forest.
C 52 Bryan Stork (Vero Beach) – Has made 40 straight starts. Veteran of one of the nation's most proficient offensive lines. Named to All-ACC First Team.
LS 57 Philip Doumar (Jupiter) – Senior took the reins at long snapper in 2013.
LB 58 Ryan Alicea (Wellington) – 2 tackles in the win over Idaho.
RB 21 Tre Mason (Park Vista) – A preseason All-SEC Second Team selection. Mason led the SEC in rushing yards (1,621) and rushing TD's (22). Collected a 100-yd kickoff return TD in a win over Washington State. Ran for an SEC Championship game record 304 yards, scored four TD's. Named AP SEC Player of the Year.
K 36 Cody Parkey (Jupiter) – Senior one of the most successful special teams players in Auburn history. 142 for 144 in career extra points. Connect on SEC title game record 52-yard FG.
FB 40 Gage Batten (Dwyer) – Spent all of 2013 as a back-up blocker in Auburn's spread running game. Walk-on converted to FB from LB.
RT 51 Patrick Miller (Dwyer) – Miller and Avery Young have battled for the starting right tackle spot all year. He started the first five games before losing the job following a suspension.
RT 56 Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens) – Has come on strong as a redshirt freshman. Took over starting job midway through the season, has made seven starts after returning from a season-ending shoulder injury in his true freshman season.
WR 80 Marcus Davis (American Heritage) – A quarterback in college, the true freshman adapted well to his new receiver role under Guz Malzahn. Made 22 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown this year.