Carvers Bay standout Clayton Geathers has been added to the South Carolina roster for the 73rd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas despite missing more than half of the season with injuries, Carvers Bay assistant coach Dameon Franklin said Monday.
Geathers (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) played exclusively at running back during an injury-shortened senior season, but was a standout as a defensive back as a junior. He is expected to play outside linebacker or strong safety for the Sandlappers in the Shrine Bowl.
In four games this season, Geathers rushed for 597 yards and six touchdowns and had two catches for 57 yards and another score.
Geathers joins teammate Davious Chesnut (6-2, 187) on the South Carolina roster. Carvers Bay head coach Nate Thompson is serving as defenisve line coach for the South Carolina team. The game will be played at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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Geathers and Chesnut are among four area standouts in the game. Myrtle Beach defensive back Khiry Watts (5-9, 170) will also play for the Sandlappers and South Columbus (N.C.) tight end Ethan Farmer (6-4, 265) will play for the North Carolina team.
Geathers replaces Allendale-Fairfax linebacker Bashaud Breeland, who was on the original roster but did not pass a physical prior to Shrine Bowl practices this week, Franklin said.
Geathers and Chestnut are the third and fourth Carvers Bay players to be named to the Shrine Bowl. Clifton Geathers played in the game in 2005 and Malcolm Elder played in 2002.