A young man with local ties, Sebastian Smith, is a junior this year on the Ohio University Bobcats football team.
Sebastian is the son of Rosey White and the late Vernon Smith and the grandson of Annetta Smith of Washington C.H. and the late Elmer Smith and John and Vasant Gopalan of Vacaville, California.
The Bobcats will be heading to Alabama to take on Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl this Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast coast-to-coast on ESPN.
Smith has played in all 12 games for the Bobcats this season and is the team’s leading receiver.
Smith leads the team in receptions with 62 and receiving yards with 754. He also leads the Bobcats in touchdown receptions with seven.
He is averaging 12.2 yards per catch with his longest pass play this season of 49 yards. He is averaging 62.8 yards receiving per game.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Beautiful, historic, charming and fun are words that are used to describe Montgomery, Ala., which will play host to the Ohio (8-4, 5-3) football team as they make their ninth bowl appearance in school history.
The Bobcats will take on Sun Belt opponent Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1) in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at 5:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 19, 2015 at the Cramton Bowl. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“I am very excited that our team will be traveling to Montgomery to take on an excellent Appalachian State team in the 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl,” said Ohio head coach Frank Solich.
“This is a tremendous destination for our fans and we are proud to be representing the Mid-American Conference and Ohio in Montgomery.”
“We are excited about being invited to the 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and about the Bobcats going to Montgomery! I have heard so many great things about the bowl and the many fun things for fans to do once in Montgomery,” said Ohio Athletic Director Jim Schaus. “It says a lot about our program for this to be our sixth bowl appearance in the past seven years—it speaks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff.”
Tickets are available to purchase through the Ohio ticket office and revenue from tickets purchased through the Bobcats ticket allotment directly benefits Ohio Athletics, so fans are encouraged to purchase from OhioBobcats.com.
The Bobcats are coming off a 26-21 win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 24 and posted their best record since 2012 and posted the most wins in league play since 2011. The win also snapped a 22-0 winning streak for NIU in the month of November.
Ohio will be looking for its second win over a Sun Belt opponent this season and its third bowl win in program history. This marks the seventh bowl appearance in the last nine seasons, with the Bobcats last appearance being in the 2013 Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl against Eastern Carolina.
Appalachian State enters the game with a 10-2 record and was the runner up in the Sun Belt Conference with a 7-1 overall league mark. App State appeared in 10 bowl games at the NAIA level from 1931-1955 and made 20 appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA/FCA playoffs from 1986-2012 and won three-straight FCS national championships from 2005-07.