Shenandoah’s Dunn relishing chance to compete in football all-star game

Shenandoah University defensive back Devontae Dunn will compete in the Globe Bowl, an all-star game pitting Team America against Team Canada, in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University senior defensive back Devontae Dunn didn’t get the chance to play in his final college football game last November due to a groin injury that held him out of the Hornets’ home contest with Washington & Lee. He’s gotten the chance to return to the gridiron this week in what could be a step toward a professional career in the sport.

Dunn was announced earlier this week as one of 85 football players selected to participate in Saturday’s Globe Bowl at Carey Stadium on the campus of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The all-star game pits Team America against Team Canada in a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Team America’s roster is comprised of NCAA student-athletes from around the country, as well as other aspiring professional football players. Dunn, who noted that spots on Team America were given by invitation only, said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon that he’s relishing the chance to play football again.

“For real, I really just wanted to come out there to have fun,” he said. “I really like playing football and that’s the main thing I really came out there to do, have fun and meet new people.”

Saturday’s game caps a week that also included a “National Pro Day” for Team America members on Wednesday at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and three days of practice leading up to the Globe Bowl.

Wednesday’s pro day was conducted in front of several professional scouts, including representatives from the Canadian Football League and arena teams. Dunn said most of the individual results for the combine drills weren’t made available to participants, but the cornerback did add that he sailed 10 feet in the broad jump.

“Overall I felt real good,” Dunn said. “I know I turned some heads yesterday.”

Dunn stood out on the field for Shenandoah last season while earning first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors for the first time in his career. The Baltimore native had 45 total tackles, a sack, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defended in 2017.

Asked if he has aspirations of playing professional football at the CFL or arena level, Dunn replied, “Of course.”

“We have a lot of arena teams here and CFL teams. Right now I’m just looking for an opportunity to play,” he said. “Wherever that takes me, go to the next level.”

Team America completed its first practice on Wednesday following the pro day, Dunn said, and will practice again on Thursday and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s game. Dunn said he’s enjoyed the competitive environment.

“I guess you could say all the people from around different schools, I’m learning different things from them and they’re learning different things from me,” Dunn said. “So we’re all coming together like we’ve all known each other for a while.”

The inaugural Globe Bowl, designed to be an annual showcase event that features a Team America squad vs. an international team, was held in April 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The game was played in Daytona Beach, Florida, in January 2017. Carey Stadium, the site of Saturday’s contest, is located about 20 miles north of Philadelphia.

Team Canada is made up of members of the Mississauga Indoor Football Association (MIFA) all-star squad.

“They told us don’t underestimate the team, don’t think that you’re gonna be the studs because everybody’s coming to play,” Dunn said, “Everybody wants another opportunity and everybody’s trying to show off for the scouts.”