AutoNation Bowl Week

The AutoNation Cure Bowl Festivities Kick Off Wednesday

The AutoNation Cure Bowl is more than a game. It’s a celebration of the women who are living with breast cancer today and those who will face it tomorrow. It’s a rally cry to the world to raise awareness and help bring an end to this deadly disease once and for all.

Georgia State University vs. Western Kentucky University

take the field to battle Breast Cancer

The Game Day Party Starts at 9am with The Lots opening up

Andy Grammer  hits the stage  at NOON



Western Kentucky has had success in recent seasons getting offensive players to the next level. Tight end Tyler Higbee was a fourth-rounder in 2016 and 2017 saw guard Forrest Lamp go in the first round and wide receiver Taywan Taylor get selected in the third round.

Now it’s quarterback Mike White’s turn. Currently ranked the No. 12 quarterback among 2018 QB’s (not including underclassmen — ranked by NFL Draft Scout), White is a fringe draft prospect at the moment, expected to be a 7th rounder or a free agent pickup.

He’s heading into his last college game with 3,826 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions under his belt. He’ll finish his college career with well over 10,000 passing yards and at least 72 touchdowns, and he’s never thrown double digit interceptions in a season while attempting at least 175 passes each of his four seasons at WKU.

While he’s unlikely to come out for the draft this season, Penny Hart is quickly becoming a must-see player for Georgia State. At 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds he’s a gadget-type slot receiver in the same mold as Tyreek Hill, albeit a bit smaller at this point.

He’s a capable route runner for just a sophomore, and was dynamic in the Panthers’ offensive attack, totaling 73 catches and 1,094 receiving yards (accounting for 37 percent of the team’s receiving total) and scoring 8 of the teams 14 receiving touchdowns.

He’s been incredibly consistent so far in his career, too. In his freshman year in 2015 he caught 71 passes for 1,099 yards and 8 TDs, basically duplicating those numbers this year despite missing the majority of last year with a broken foot. He’s currently ranked the No. 37 wide receiver in the 2020 class by NFL Draft Scout.

OTHER DRAFT PROSPECTS (Rating per NFL Draft Scout)

WKU DT Chris Johnson (No. 50 DT)
GSU FS Bryan Williams (No. 63 FS)
WKU WR Nacarius Fant (No. 66 WR)
​GSU RB Glenn Smith (No. 73 RB)
WKU DE Derik Overstreet (No. 75 DE)
GSU CB Chandon Sullivan (No. 100 CB)


AutoNation Bowl Week Event Schedule

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • Teams Arrive Universal Orlando Resorts
  • 5pm – CoventBridge Welcome Reception at Amway Center
  • 7pm – Orlando Magic vs. L.A. Clippers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • 8am-11am – Team Practices
  • 12pm – 1:30pm –  AutoNation Cure Bowl Press Conference – Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Afternoon – Teams explore Universal Orlando Parks

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • 8am-12pm – Team Practices
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm Team Visit: Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
  • 2pm – 3:30pm  Team Visit: Give Kids the World
  • 2pm – 4pm – JA Edwards Feeding Children Everywhere Hunger Project (at Loews Royal Pacific Resort)
  • 5pm – 6pm – Pep Rally and Battle of the Bands, Universal CityWalk – Waterfront Stage

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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