The offense is led by quarterback Jim Kelly who helped the Miami Hurricanes to a 20-10 win in the 1980 Peach Bowl. Behind Kelly are running backs Don McCauley from North Carolina (played in the Peach Bowl in 1970) and N.C. State’s Ted Brown (1975, 1977). The two wide receivers are David Williams from Illinois (1985) and Ron Sellers from Florida State (1968) and flanking the offensive line is Tennessee tight end Jason Witten (2002). The offensive line is comprised of North Carolina’s Harris Barton (1983), Virginia’s Jim Dombrowski (1984), N.C. State’s Jim Richter (1977), Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews (2013) and Georgia’s Matt Stinchcomb (1995, 1998).
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 50th Anniversary Team offense. (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl)
The stout defensive line on the 50th Anniversary Team is comprised of North Carolina’s Julius Peppers (2001), Kentucky’s Art Still (1976) Tennessee’s Reggie White (1982) and Maryland’s Randy White (1973). The next level of the defense contains linebackers Darryl Talley from West Virginia (1981), Wilber Marshall from Florida (1981) and Mike Singletary from Baylor (1979). And finally, the secondary encompasses cornerbacks Merton Hanks from Iowa (1988) and Rob Woodson from Purdue (1984), and safeties Eric Berry from Tennessee (2009) and Michael Brooks from N.C. State (1988).
The Chick-fil-A 50th Anniversary team'a defense. (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl)
And you can’t forget about the special teams. Texas A&M’s Josh Lambo (2013) serves as the team’s place kicker. Miami’s Devin Hester (2004, 2005) handles the return duties and Iowa’s Reggie Roby (1982) is the punter.
Bowdon coached in three Peach Bowls -- two with West Virginia in 1972 and 1975 and one with Florida State in 1983. He was victorious in the last two.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 50th Anniversary Team's special teams and head coach. (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl)
This year’s rendition of the nation’s ninth oldest bowl game will pit No.12 and undefeated Central Florida and No. 7 Auburn. The game will kick off from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Jan. 1, at 12:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.