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Combine highlights overlooked players

College football's National Signing Day may be over, but there is still a chance for unsigned hopeful football players to show off their abilities.

For the second year, the Sleeping Giants senior combine is offering a chance for overlooked high school seniors a shot with a college team. Last year's combine placed nine players with seven different Division III or NAIA schools.

"This is a niche that nobody else is in there to fill and nobody else is touching," said Sleeping Giants president Brett Burke. "It is providing a service to the boys who are not in the top tier, but they need it, just like the D-I players do."

This year, the combine moves to the Suwanee Sports Academy and Burke said he is expecting at least 10 to 12 college coaches to attend. During the five-hour combine, players will be tested in the 40-yard dash, bench pressing 185 pounds, running shuttles, vertical leap and broad jump. The results will be compiled by the Suwanee Sports Academy's Performance Training Institute and made available to the coaches present and later to coaches in programs within a 1,000-mile radius of Atlanta.

"These will be up-to-date and the most accurate test results," Burke said. "There are probably 92 colleges we are targeting."

But Burke said the real advantage will be the opportunity for the coaches to meet the players and their parents.

The cost per player to attended the Feb. 16 combine is $49, down from $125 last year, thanks to increased sponsor support. The deadline to register is today and registration can be done online at www.sleepinggiants.org.

SideBar: Sleeping Giants

· What: Graduating seniors football combine

· When: Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.

· Where: Suwanee Sports Academy

· Cost: $49

· Deadline: Today

· Registration: www.sleepinggiants.org