Local football player will play in Peach Bowl

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 23, 2000

On Friday, Dec. 29, a Greenville native and GHS graduate superstar will be playing for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Jermaine Crenshaw, son of Rev. J.E. and Clarine Fields of Greenville, was a star athlete when he played for Greenville High School, under the direction of Coach Gene Allen.

The 1997 graduate has been honored as the AHSAA Class 5-A Player of the Year, USA Today honorable mention all-America, and was ranked the number six quarterback in the Southeast by Prep Star Magazine.

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As a high school senior, Crenshaw was rated as the fifth-best run-pass quarterback in the Southeast by First Down Recruiting, which also rated him as one of the top ten quarterback prospects in the Southeast and the number 12 prospect in the State of Alabama.

During his senior year, Crenshaw completed 54 of 96 passes for 1,024 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,024 yards and 13 more scores.

In his junior year, Crenshaw also was named 5-A quarterback of the year, completing 78 of 120 passes for 1,600 yards, and nine scores.

Crenshaw also averaged 16 points per game in basketball.

As a sophomore at Georgia Tech, he was one of four players who competed for the starting quarterback position this spring, emerging third.

A talented athlete, Crenshaw played flanker last fall. He moved there from quarterback at midseason and saw his first game action against Duke, catching three passes for 33 yards.

He was instrumental with his key fourth-down conversion in Tech's 38-31 win.

With the Jackets trailing 31-28 with less than 10 minutes to play, facing fourth-and-three at the Duke 30-yard line, Crenshaw made a 13-yard reception at the Duke 17 to set up the game-tying field goal.

The 2000 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, Dec. 9., starting at 5 p.m., with coverage on ESPN.

The Peach Bowl is recognized as the nation's most competetitive bowl game and the event is the only guranteed match-up of a Southeast Conference (SEC) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team.

For the last 15 years, the average margin of victory has been just over a field goal, 3.7 points.