Local college notebook: Wesley lineman Gono set to showcase his skills Saturday at NFLPA Bowl

Wesley lineman Matt Gono will be wearing No. 72 for the American squad in today’s NFLPA Bowl (4 p.m., FS1), which showcases potential NFL draft picks. (Submitted photo)

Matt Gono has already come a long way in a short time to become a college football standout.

Now the former Wesley College offensive lineman has traveled 3,000 more miles in pursuit of becoming an NFL player.

Gono, a native of Liberia who didn’t start playing football until he was in high school, will be in the Rose Bowl today, lining up against some of the best seniors in the country in the NFLPA Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST with the seventh annual all-star contest being televised on FS1.

Wolverine coach Mike Drass said it’s by far the biggest game that a Wesley football player has taken part in. And he’s been told that the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Gono is expected to start at left guard.

Gono will be wearing No. 72 for the American squad in the game, which showcases potential NFL draft picks.

“We are excited for Matt,” for Drass. “I cannot wait to see him compete against Division I competition. We have had NFL scouts from every team here to see Matt practice and play.

“They all have liked him. Now they will get to see him play against the highest level of competition. Matt has been working very hard for this opportunity. He has made everyone associated with Wesley football very proud.”

Former Washington Redskins great Darrell Green is the head coach of the American squad with one-time St. Louis Rams’ coach Mike Martz leading the National.

The rosters include players from some of the biggest programs in the country, like USC, Penn State and West Virginia, to small-school players like Gono, who is one of at least three NCAA Division III players in the game.

A Division III All-American, Gono was a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which goes to the top small-college player in the country.

Wesley looking for momentum

Wesley’s men’s basketball team would like to start stringing some wins together as it tries to guarantee a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Wolverines (3-6 CAC, 7-9 overall) are currently seventh in the league with nine regular-season games remaining. The top six squads make the tourney.

Wesley hosts Southern Virginia (2-7, 7-9) today at 3 p.m. The Wolverines, coming off a 16-point loss at Salisbury on Wednesday, have won back-to-back games only twice this year.

Wesley does play six of its last nine games in cozy Wentworth Gym. The Wolverines’ Brian Cameron continues to lead the CAC in both scoring (21.2 point) and three-point shooting (49.4 percent).

Notes

• The good news for the Delaware men’s basketball team is that has won seven of its last 10 games. The bad news for the Blue Hens is that those three losses have come by a total margin of 67 points.

Delaware (4-3 CAA, 11-9) will try to rebound from Thursday’s 27-point loss to Hofstra when it faces Northeastern (5-2, 12-7) today in Boston at 2 p.m. (NESN-plus).

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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