MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The all-time leading rusher in Lyon College football history, Michael Bowles (SR/Earle, Ark.) will add to his list of accolades on Saturday when he joins NCAA Division 2 and NAIA players from across the nation to participate in the 2016 D2 vs. NAIA Challenge, which will be played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. EST.
In 2011, the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) added this game in addition to the successful bowl games in NCAA Division 3 and the FCS. This game quickly peaked the interested of the football world because of its intriguing matchup of the two levels. Players, coaches and fans from across the country shared their enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity to promote the talent of NCAA D2 and the NAIA.
The first game was played in Middletown, N.Y., and was broadcast on the internet live. The webcast received over 15,000 views nationwide. The game is now in Myrtle Beach in conjunction with the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and the Euro-American Challenge.
All 32 National Football League teams, as well as scouts from the IFL, FXFL, AFL Net10, XLIF, AIF, PIFL, PLFA (Poland), GFL (Germany), BAFA (England), Canadian Football League, EFL and IFL (Italy) receive game tapes of this all-star game and scout the talent that will be playing.
Bowles, a two-time First-Team All-Central States Football League player, became the leading rushing in Lyon College football history in his two-year career with the Scots. He rushed for 2,888 yards on 509 carries, averaging 5.7-yards per rush and 131.3-yards per game, while scoring 18 touchdowns.
In 2015 he finished third in the nation among NAIA runners, with 1,431 yards on 291 carries, finishing with eight touchdowns and averaging 130.1-yards per game. He improved that total to 1,457 yards in 2016, carrying the ball only 218 times, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and 132.5 yards a game. He scored 10 touchdowns.
Bowles finished fifth in the nation in rushing in 2016, sixth in yards per game, 11th in all-purpose yards (1,617), 13th in all-purpose yards per game (147.0), 30th in total scoring (TDs), with 74 points, 31 in total scoring, 33rd in scoring per game (6.7 points) and 34th in scoring per game.