Seven C-USA Players on Super Bowl XLVII Rosters
Jan. 31, 2013
Conference USA will be represented by seven former players from three different schools in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, in New Orleans. Four Baltimore Ravens and three San Francisco 49ers players hail from current C-USA schools. They will battle each other in pro football's biggest game for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, as the 49ers seek a record-tying sixth Super Bowl victory and the Ravens aim for a second Super Bowl crown.
Marshall has four of the seven players in the game. Only Miami (Fla.) with seven and Oregon with five have more players in this year's Super Bowl than the Thundering Herd. Marshall and UCF are among 22 programs that have at least one player on each roster.
Headlining the Ravens' members with Conference USA ties is fullback Vonta Leach, a nine-year pro from East Carolina that has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. Leach earned All-Conference USA accolades as a linebacker with the Pirates and also saw action at fullback with ECU.
Marshall has a pair of players on the Baltimore roster in linebacker Albert McClellan and safety Omar Brown and a duo of 49ers in wide receiver Randy Moss and safety C.J. Spillman. McClellan was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 as a defensive end before moving to outside linebacker in the pro ranks. Brown is in his rookie year with Baltimore and the 2011 first team All-C-USA selection has seen action mostly on special teams since moving from the practice squad to the active roster late in the season. Moss is making in his second Super Bowl appearance (New England in 2007) and is slated to start at one wide receiver spot, while Spillman is a reserve free safety in his fourth season with San Francisco.
UCF's member of the 49ers is two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Miller, now starting at fullback for San Francisco. Miller has started 13 games this season, helping pave the way for Frank Gore and the Niners ground game. The Knights' Ravens representative is Jah Reid, who started the final seven games of the regular season on the offensive line for Baltimore but before being placed on injured reserve.
In addition to the players participating in the game, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has Conference USA ties. He was the assistant head coach at Cincinnati when the Bearcats faced Tulane in the first C-USA Football game on August 30, 1996. Plus, the referee for the Super Bowl will be Jerome Boger, a former C-USA football official.
Super Bowl XLVII will kick off on Sunday, February 3 at 6:29 EST at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of Conference USA member Tulane. CBS will broadcast the game.