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Merrimack’s Dillon Salva, Stephen Camarro head to the National Bowl

Dillon Salva (Photo: Mike Gridley/Merrimack Athletics)

The Merrimack College football team will send two representatives to Daytona this weekend, as seniors Stephen Camarro(North Reading, Mass.) and Dillon Salva (North Brunswick, N.J.) will participate in the 2017 National Bowl Game this Sunday (Dec. 9) at Municipal Stadium at Bethune-Cookman University.

The two seniors wrapped up their careers with the Warriors this past season and helped the program win 24 games over their careers, including six wins in conference play during the 2015 campaign. This year alone, they helped Merrimack record four victories, including a second straight win at perennial power New Haven to close out the campaign in November.

Tomorrow, the two Warriors will have the opportunity to both represent the Navy and Gold and showcase their elite talents against the best Division II and III players in the country in front of pro scouts from various leagues and affiliations, including many from the National Football League (NFL).

Camarro concluded his Merrimack career as one of the best kickers in recent history. He finished with 16 field goals made over the course of his career on 24 attempts, with his longest field goal going for 39 yards. He also made 87 point-after tries to rank among the team’s all-time scoring leaders after being responsible for 135 points over his 35-game career.

Salva joined the team as a junior transfer and started almost every game at tight end, where he was a potent blocker and also displayed some playmaking ability, as well. The New Jersey native caught 16 passes in 20 games for 230 yards and recorded three touchdowns in that span, with two of them coming during his senior season.

Kickoff for the 2017 National Bowl is set for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, and the event will be streamed online via FloFootball.

About The National Bowl
The National Bowl showcases All-American and All Conference seniors from around the Nation that travel to the game from over 30 states representing over 400+ Division 2,3, and NAIA schools. Players travel to the game from as far as Texas, Arkansas, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, South Dakota and more. The National Bowl is the elite and only current post-season all star game to focus on players below D1/FBS/FCS that get the opportunity to play in front of many NFL and CFL scouts and consistently gets 12-15 NFL Teams in attendance. The rosters give NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend. The National Bowl is coached by pro coaches and has featured coaches such as NFL Coach Mike Stock formerly of the Green Bay Packers, and other Pro coaches from the AFL and arena leagues. The game has been attended by scouts from the NFL’s St Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm, and Philadelphia, Soul.  All 32 NFL teams receive and review the National Bowl game film and the game has been touted by the Sports Agents Blog as a secret weapon for smaller school prospects.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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