Bowl season for college football is underway, and after Jan. 1 the National Championship picture will be a bit clearer.
Three of the schools in the College Football Playoff are stationed in the southeast, and the fourth team — Oklahoma — often recruits in Georgia. This makes the playoff populated with players from the Peach State.
Narrowing it down, there are six players from Cobb County who are in the playoff this year. Georgia leads the way with four players from Cobb, while Alabama has none.
As you’re watching the Sugar and Rose bowls on New Year’s Day, see if you can pick out Cobb County natives:
• Tremayne Anchrum: sophomore, offensive tackle — Powder Springs, McEachern
At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Anchrum has helped pave the way for a Clemson rushing attack that gained more than 2,600 yards. He isn’t a full-time starter, but has seen plenty of action, playing in 558 snaps.
• Tyler Simmons: sophomore, wide receiver — Powder Springs, McEachern
Simmons has played in 12 games for the Bulldogs this season and has caught two passes. At the Bulldogs’ post-season awards gala, he was named one of three Most Improved Players on special teams.
• Julian Rochester: sophomore, defensive lineman — Powder Springs, McEachern
The Cobb native is a keg cog in the trenches for the Bulldogs. He’s played in every game, has 19 tackles and two sacks.
• Patrick Burke: redshirt freshman, wide receiver — Marietta, Pope
A walk-on last season, Burke has not caught any passes in a game this season, but has been a key member of Georgia's scout team.
• Rodrigo Blankenship: redshirt sophomore, kicker — Marietta, Sprayberry
The 6-foot-1 right-footed kicker handles kickoff, field goal and extra point duties for the Bulldogs. He’s made all 55 of point-after tries this season, has had 60 of his 86 kickoffs go for touchbacks, and is 15-of-17 on field goal attempts.
• Trey Sermon: freshman, running back — Marietta, Sprayberry
An All-Big 12 honorable mention for Freshman of the Year, this Cobb County native has been a big boost for the Sooners as a rookie. Through 13 games, he’s rushed for 710 yards, caught 16 passes for 139 yards, and scored a total of seven touchdowns. A four-star recruit, Sermon signed with Oklahoma over offers from Auburn, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and several other major programs.