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Portland State's D.J. Adams scores twice in Medal of Honor Bowl


Portland State tailback D.J. Adams (5-foot-10, 210 pounds), a Maryland transfer who ran for 1,600 yards and 19 TDs this season, scored two touchdowns to lead the American team to a 20-3 victory in Saturday's inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C.

An all-star game matching lower-tier draft prospects, the Medal of Honor Bowl attracted upward of 100 NFL scouts at practices during the week, according to the Charleston Post-Courier.

Adams began his career at Maryland. Interestingly, the American coach was Ralph Friedgen, who was the Terps' coach when Adams signed.

Florida wide receiver Solomon Patton was the American MVP. He had three receptions for 50 yards, a 33-yard run and a 15-yard kickoff return. Patton (5-9, 177), who led the Gators in receiving this season, set up all three American touchdowns.

The MVP of the National team was Fort Valley (Ga.) State linebacker Deron Furr, who had six tackles and two pass breakups. Furr (6-3, 225) is one of the better Div. II prospects for the draft; he began his career at Auburn, then transferred to Memphis for two seasons, then finished up at Fort Valley.

The National team's points came on a 40-yard field goal by Ohio State's Drew Basil in the second quarter.

The game benefited the Wounded Warrior Project.

There are two all-star games next Saturday: the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif., and the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Senior Bowl is on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala.

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