The Military Bowl and 3M are proud to announce the members of the Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the field this fall in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.
“What an incredible collection of student-athletes, who demonstrate their leadership on the field and in the classroom while tackling challenging subjects that prepare them for the future,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “We are thrilled to honor these student-athletes for their dedication and success.”
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.
“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athletes from the ACC are:
- Boston College offensive lineman Zion Johnson, who graduated with a degree in computer science and is pursuing a master’s degree in cybersecurity, political science and government.
- Clemson defensive end Justin Foster, a graduate student with a degree in construction sciences and management.
- Duke punter Jackson Hubbard, who graduated with a degree in computer science and a double minor in statistics and economics and is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.
- Florida State tight end Jackson West, a freshman majoring in computer science.
- Georgia Tech defensive back Jaylon King, a redshirt sophomore majoring in civil engineering.
- Louisville wide receiver Braden Smith, a sophomore majoring in biology.
- Miami offensive lineman Zion Nelson, a junior majoring in computer science.
- North Carolina defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, a junior psychology major who is passionate about understanding the brain, human behavior and neuroscience.
- N.C. State punter Trenton Gill, a graduate student with a degree in biological sciences.
- Notre Dame linebacker Drew White, a graduate student with a degree in science business.
- Pittsburgh defensive lineman Chris Maloney, a redshirt junior majoring in exercise science.
- Syracuse defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan, who holds an undergraduate degree in information management and technology and is pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design, development and education.
- Virginia defensive lineman Adeeb Atariwa, a graduate student who is pursuing a master’s degree in systems engineering.
- Virginia Tech linebacker Dean Ferguson, a redshirt freshman majoring in civil engineering.
- Wake Forest wide receiver Taylor Morin, a redshirt freshman majoring in engineering with a double minor in entrepreneurship and mathematics.
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athletes from the American Athletic Conference are:
- Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce, a senior wide receiver majoring in mechanical engineering.
- East Carolina linebacker Myles Berry, a junior majoring in industrial distribution and logistics.
- Houston kicker Kyle Ramsey, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering.
- Memphis wide receiver Koby Drake, a redshirt freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.
- Navy fullback Isaac Ruoss, a senior majoring in quantitative economics who wants to become a U.S. Marines pilot.
- SMU offensive lineman Cameron Ervin, a sophomore majoring in management science.
- South Florida long snapper Bryce Bernard, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.
- Temple offensive tackle Michael Niese, who graduated with a degree in engineering, interned this past summer at Boeing and is pursuing a master’s degree.
- Tulane tight end Connor Prouet, a redshirt junior majoring in environmental biology.
- Tulsa defensive back Bryson Powers, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and is now pursing an MBA.
- UCF kicker Daniel Obarski, a junior majoring in industrial engineering.
This year’s Military Bowl presented by Peraton, benefiting the USO, matches Boston College against East Carolina and will be held on Monday, December 27, kicking off at 2:30 p.m. ET and televised on ESPN. Tickets are on sale now. Proceeds from the Bowl benefit the USO and Patriot Point, the Military Bowl Foundation’s retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers.