SALEM, Va. – Fresh off of his first team All-ODAC selection, Bridgewater College senior defensive end Dominic Jeter will compete this weekend at Salem Stadium in the third annual D-III Senior Classic. Friday's matchup pairs some of the best Division III players from the south against their counterparts from the north.
The opening kick is set for 7:00 p.m. under the lights with the game being hosted by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL).
"It's such an honor to be selected. In the invitation, they said they were selecting the top 44 players from the north and south and I'm excited to be a part of that. The classic is just another way for me to showcase my talents and put on a uniform again. I don't know what to expect, but I'm excited."
Jeter turned in an outstanding senior season for the Eagles on the defensive line. His first-team selection was the second in a row for the Yorktown, Va. native. Jeter was tied for third in the conference with a team-high five sacks and was eighth in the conference with 11 tackles for a loss.
During his four year career, Jeter blossomed into one of the finer defensive ends in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. In 2010, the Yorktown, Va. native led the conference in sacks with nine-and-a-half and fumble recoveries with two as the Eagles marched to an 8-2 campaign.
With his career in the books at Bridgewater, Jeter will graduate as one of the top ten leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss. But, despite his outstanding on the field play, Jeter feels that the experience of playing Bridgewater football extends off of the field as well.
"I take with me a brotherhood of being able to play with people for four years at BC and it has been outstanding and the experience is immeasurable," said Jeter. "Being able to look into the stands and see everyone cheering was amazing, although we're a small Division III school, we had a big atmosphere and that was exciting and something I won't forget."
The senior defensive end will be one of three ODAC players competing in the game. Jeter's south squad will be coached by Averett head coach Mike Dunlevy.
While Jeter will wear the same uniform as his one-time conference foes, none of the players have been on the same field at the same time as Jeter which creates a new experience for the senior defensive end.
"Getting to play with new people is exciting. It gets your nerves going. For the last two years, I knew what to expect from the player across the line from me, but now I have no clue what the guys are going to do," commented Jeter on suiting up with a completely new unit.
Even though the D3 Senior Classic provides Jeter with an opportunity to suit up one more time and put on the helmet and cleats, he has aspirations to potentially move on to the next stage of his life, be it football or a career.
"I want to take football as far as I can. I've played for 15 years now, and it's something I'm passionate about. My father and grandfather have always said 'A man without goals, is a dead man' and my goal and aspiration is to take football as far as I can. If football doesn't work out, I'm ready to graduate and get into the rest of my life," said Jeter.
Tickets are available at the D3SeniorClassic.com and are also available through Ticketmaster. Cost is $10.
The 2011 game will be broadcast live, nationally on Fox College Sports as well as webcast and archived at www.knoxivi.com/d3classic. Fox College Sports Network reaches over 85 million homes in the United States.