Scotland senior standouts Artemis Robinson and Malik Diggs have been selected to play in the 2012 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The Shrine Bowl honors the top prep players in North and South Carolina, putting Robinson and Diggs in elite company. Both senior defensive players were two of just 44 players selected from North Carolina to be a part of the team.
“It’s satisfying to know that I worked really hard and was noticed for it,” Diggs said. “I want to stand out as someone who’s dedicated to helping our team win football games, but it’s great to be recognized for what I’ve done on the football field.”
“Between combines and practices, both players had great summers and to see them earn this selection is a huge honor,” said Scotland coach Richard Bailey. “Having these guys make the team is a testament to how great both the players and the coaching staff are here at Scotland.”
Robinson and Diggs are among the team leaders in defensive statistics this season. Robinson leads all Fighting Scots in total tackles (72) and forced fumbles (2), while Diggs is third on the team with 43 solo and assisted tackles. In the secondary, Diggs leads all defensive backs with six passes defended and has also registered an interception.
Defensive backs’ coach Jamie Coleman believes that Diggs’ commitment to constant self-improvement has been the key to his success this season.
“Malik has that internal fire, he wants to be great,” Coleman said. “He wants to do something special and most importantly, he’s going about it the right way. He’s a very coach-able, cerebral player that is constantly working hard.”
On a defense loaded with wall-to-wall talent, Robinson has become one of the unquestioned leaders of the unit. Through seven games this season, the Fighting Scots have held opponents to an average of just under nine points per game.
Even with the success the team has earned thus far, Robinson still feels his team is underrated and hopes that Scotland’s presence at the Shrine Bowl will bring additional attention to the Fighting Scots.
“We are definitely underrated as a team and as players,” Robinson said. “But being selected to go to the Shrine Bowl shows everyone that we are somebody, and that means a lot as a member of this team.”
The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Fighting Scots have sent two players to the Shrine Bowl. Last season, Scotland quarterback Kwashaun Quick and defensive back Isaiah Robinson earned the distinction.
The Shrine Bowl is scheduled to take place at Wofford College on Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.