Former Northeast Tigers cap NCAA Bowl season

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – A pair of former Northeast Mississippi Community College Tiger football players will cap the NCAA bowl season by playing in the final two bowl games of the year.

Former Tigers Josh Jarboe (Atlanta, Ga.) and Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala.) are scheduled to see action on January 6 and 7, respectively.

Jarboe leads the Arkansas State University Red Wolves into the Bowl (formerly the GMAC Bowl) against twenty-fifth ranked Kent State on January 6 at 8 p.m.

Jarboe and the rest of the Red Wolves will take on the Golden Flashes on ESPN from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Belue leads the University of Alabama Crimson Tide into the Discover Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game against the University of Notre Dame on January 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Belue and the rest of the Crimson Tide will take on the Fighting Irish on ESPN from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Jarboe and the Arkansas State Red Wolves enter the Bowl as one of the hottest teams in the nation on a seven-game win streak.

After starting off the season 2-3, Arkansas State has reeled off seven straight wins including victories over Florida International (34-20), South Alabama (36-29), Louisiana-Lafayette (50-27), North Texas (37-19), Louisiana-Monroe (45-23), Troy (41-34) and Middle Tennessee (45-0).

Arkansas State finished the regular season 9-3 overall and posted a 7-1 mark in the Sun Belt Conference.

Entering the Bowl, Jarboe has played in all 12 games for the Red Wolves during the 2012 season.

Jarboe has been a serious threat for the Red Wolves rushing five times for 13 yards – with a long rush of seven yards and is second on the team in receiving after hauling in 47 passes for 546 yards.

Jarboe averages 11.6 yards per catch and has four scores on the year. The former Northeast Tiger’s long reception – a 63-yard catch – is fourth on the team and the Red Wolves’ senior is averaging 45.5 yards per game.

With his four scores on the year, Jarboe is tied for fifth in individual scoring for Arkansas State with 24 points on the year and is fifth on the team in All-Purpose yards with an average of 46.6 yards per game.

Against the Oregon Ducks earlier in the season, Jarboe led the Red Wolves with 13 receptions – a team season-high.

While Jarboe has been a force offensively for the Red Wolves, Belue has turned the trick for the Alabama Crimson Tide’s defense.

Belue is currently tied for second on the Tide defense with a pair of interceptions on the year and is tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries.

Belue made the most of his fumble recovery – returning a Western Carolina fumble 57 yards for a score during the Crimson Tide’s eleventh game of the year.

On the year, Belue is ninth on the Tide defense in tackles — registering 36 (24 solo stops against 12 assisted tackles) and has 5.5 tackles for loss for 13 yards.

Belue also has six pass break ups — second on the team behind Dee Milliner’s 18 and has defended eight passes on the year.

Since transferring from Northeast, Belue has drawn a start in all 13 of the Crimson Tide’s games during the 2012 season and his two interceptions came against the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and Western Kentucky.

Alabama comes into the national championship game with a 12-1 overall record and the defending national champion.

Alabama’s only setback came at the hands of Texas A&M University on November 10 but the Tide have responded and posted back-to-back 49-0 shutouts against Western Carolina and Auburn following the setback.

Alabama advanced to the BCS National Championship Game with a 32-28 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship Game.

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