CHARLESTON, S.C. — Kory Faulkner, a 2009 Ste. Genevieve High graduate and recent Southern Illinois University quarterback, competed at the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl collegiate all-star football game Saturday.
Faulkner, an all-conference athlete in three sports at SGHS, as well as a two-sport all-stater, completed two of his passes, including a 14-yard pass, and also had a 7-yard run during two drives for the National Stars, which lost 20-3 to the American Stars.
None of the quarterbacks in the game threw for a touchdown.
"Motivated," Faulkner, 23, said after the loss via his Twitter account. "Determined. Not satisfied. Not even close."
Only six quarterbacks were invited to this event, which was played at the Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. A total of 5,135 spectators, and over 100 professional scouts and coaches attended the game despite a tornado watch and cold winds. The coaches and scouts also attended practices all week to evaluate players.
Faulkner, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound QB from Bloomsdale, led the final two drives for the Nationals prior to halftime.
Earlier in the week, Faulkner gained the attention of former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, as well as an NFL Draft analysis and also ESPN writer Kevin Weidl.
"National team practiced 1st today," Weidl said via Twitter last Monday, January 6. "Thought Faulkner had best day of the QBs. Accuracy up/down but had some presence and made good decisions."
NFL Draft Diamonds.com added: "Faulkner is the NFL Draft’s super-sleeper at the QB position. Faulkner’s tape is fantastic, and he has already captured the attention of scouts in attendance. Faulkner is a big, strong-armed passer with surprising athleticism."
Faulkner, the second son and middle child of the Rev. Roger and Marilyn Faulkner, led the Carbondale-based Salukis to a 7-5 record this past season, throwing for 1,997 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns passing, and 237 yards and two TDs rushing, despite missing 3-1/2 games due to a broken finger.
He led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in numerous categories before the injury, but ended the final conference statistics first in average yards passed per game, first in total offensive yards per game, third in total yards of offense and fourth in efficiency rating.
At SGHS as a three-year starter, Faulkner was named his senior year one of the national players of the year and was the state MVP. He is the schools' all-time leading passer (season and career) in football — the last quarterback to lead the Dragons to the state final four in 2006 — and all-time leading scorer and rebounder in basketball.
The Medal of Honor Bowl honored the 78 living Medal of Honor recipients and the game’s beneficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The game featured the nation’s top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL Draft with a total of 92 players participating in the game divided equally into 46 per team.
Faulkner, who has hired an agent, will continue his pursuit of a professional football career, whether it's in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League or the Arena Football League. He is training in North Carolina.