Raleigh Broughton High graduate Jeremy Shelley was a candidate for the game’s most valuable player after kicking five field goals in Alabama’s 21-0 BCS football championship win over LSU in New Orleans in 2012.
Shelley made field goals of 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards to give the Crimson Tide all of the points it needed to win the national championship game.
The Alabama senior has been outstanding this year. He has made all 11 of his field goal attempts with a long of 38 yards. He also has made all 63 of his extra point attempts. He has made 166 of 169 extra points in his career.
He shares place-kicking duties with Cade Foster, who usually attempts field goals of more than 45 yards.
Shelley, who was also a soccer standout at Broughton, is one of a handful of North Carolina products expected to play in Monday night’s BCS title game in Miami.
Alabama also has senior tight end Kelly Johnson of Charlotte Providence Day (four catches, 39 yards), defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville (nine tackles, 13 assists), and defensive back Ranzell Watkins of Charlotte Independence (one tackle).
Notre Dame also has Tar Heel products: linebacker Ben Council of Asheville Reynolds (four tackles, five assists), safety Matthias Farley of Charlotte Christian (19 tackles, 24 assists, one interception), freshman backup center Mark Harrell of Charlotte Catholic, Southeast Raleigh linebacker Kendall Moore (two tackles, eight assists), linebacker Prince Shembo of Charlotte Kell (21 tackles, 27 assists, 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks) and linebacker Romeo Okwara of Charlotte Kell.