JSU's Bonner receives combine invite, first Gamecock since 1998

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For FCS, Division II, and Division III football players the invites are few.{} The good news for Jacksonville State wide receiver Alan Bonner came Thursday, as the former Gamecock received his formal invitation to the 2013 NFL Combine held February 20-26.

While the NFL Combine is merely one aspect of the scouting process, it can often be a way for players to make a name for themselves.{} Bonner, from Newnan, GA, will get his chance to work out for the scouts on Sunday, February 24, along with the quarterbacks and running backs.

Bonner leaves JSU as the team's all-time career leader in punt return yards (972) and punt returns (87), while ranking second on the career pass receiving yards (1,986) and pass receiving touchdowns with 20. He also set the school single-season record with 648 kick return yards on 25 returns during the 2010 season.{} Bonner appeared in 44 games for the Gamecocks over a four year span starting as a true freshman in 2009 and earned a spot on the All-OVC Newcomer Team. He led Jacksonville State in catches (50), receiving yards (859) and touchdowns (8) as a senior in 2012.

The last Gamecock to be invited to the NFL Combine was Mark Word in 1998.