MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Collegiate Development Football League announced its rosters for the 2012 Football Championship Series (FCS) Senior Scout Bowl, and Gallaudet University senior cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) has been named as a member of the North squad. Tatum is one of only a few Division III players named to the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl, he was invited after his performance at the D3 Senior Classic on Dec. 7. The North team will take on the South team on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 5 p.m. in the 3rd annual edition of the game.
This latest accolade for Tatum comes on the heels of his outstanding showing at the D3 Senior Classic last week. With four tackles, one forced fumble and lockdown coverage of the nation's best receivers at the Division III level, Tatum showcased his superior defensive abilities for the North team. Despite losing 37-21, a 66-yard punt return further solidified Tatum as one of the top athletes on the field and helped earn him an invitation to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl, where he will have the opportunity to face off against elite FCS talent. Tatum's teammates include student-athletes from Brown University, Fordham University, Harvard University, Wagner College and Weber State University, while his opponents hail from schools such as Coastal Carolina University, Howard University, James Madison University, Morehead State University and University of Richmond. Both Coastal Carolina and Wagner advanced to this year's second round of the FCS national championship playoffs.
Tatum was a standout for the Bison in all three phases of the game this season as he scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams and helped the team finish with a 7-3 record, including a 5-2 mark in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play, their best finish since joining the conference in 2009. Tatum picked off a conference-high six passes this season and totaled 127 interception return yards, including an 80-yard return in a 21-0 victory over Maritime (N.Y.) on Nov. 10. The senior cornerback also returned punts for the Bison and averaged 15.1 yards per return with two punt return touchdowns, both marks that led the ECFC. Tatum added a receiving touchdown to his stat line when he lined up at wide receiver and out jumped his coverage in the end zone during the Bison's 47-27 win over cross-town rivals Catholic University on Sept. 7.
The distinction is yet another in a long list of awards for Tatum this season. Prior to the D3 Senior Classic, Tatum was named ECFC Defensive Player of the Year, ECFC Special Teams Player of the Year, All-ECFC first team offense as a return specialist, All-ECFC first team defense as a cornerback, earned four ECFC Player of the Week awards, had two inclusions on the D3football.com Team of the Week and was given two Beyond Sports College Network's Division III Defensive Player of the Week awards.
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