Just three weeks into the 2015 football season, fifth year senior offensive tackle Jacob Potts was selected to play in the 2016 Dream Bowl. The event is set to be held at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, Virginia and will run from Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18. The actual game will kick off on Monday at noon.
“I got an invite just a couple weeks ago about it,” Potts said this past week on the Scots Sports Show.
“It was pretty crazy actually, they started following me on social media and they were asking for highlight films and things like that. I didn’t really know what to expect, I wasn’t really expecting it.”
Heading into the California (Pa.) game, he was a starter in the last 31 consecutive games for Edinboro, a streak that is currently tied for third in the PSAC among active players. Potts has logged 35 total starts during his time playing for the Fighting Scots between right guard (19), left tackle (five) and right tackle (11).
“I’ve always wanted to play at a different level after college,” Potts said. “I was going to take an opportunity if it came and it looks like I have somewhat of an opportunity now. I’m pretty excited.”
The 6-foot-6-inch, 308-pound veteran is a part of an offensive line that has been seeking an overhaul in production after a tough 2014 season.
A year ago, the Scots rushed for a program low 63.6 yards per game (last in PSAC) and surrendered a school record 57 sacks. Through three games this year, Edinboro has averaged 96 yards rushing, while giving up just 10 sacks.
The Townville, Pennsylvania native and former Maplewood Tiger sees the Dream Bowl as a chance to fulfill some of his lifelong aspirations within the game.
“It’s just going to be pretty cool, because they are inviting my family down,” Potts said. “They can come watch me and it might be one last time or just the beginning of something new. It’s definitely pretty exciting.”
Mike Fenner is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.