2016 Russell Athletic Bowl – Game Photos

One of the cool things about being a sports photographer is that occasionally you get to photograph one of your favorite teams. I had that opportunity when I was photographing the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL where the Miami Hurricanes took on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Lucky for me that the second college bowl game I was assigned to ended up being the Miami Hurricanes game.

As soon as I entered the Camping World Stadium, I knew the Russell Athletic Bowl was going to bigger than the last bowl game I photographer, the Boca Raton Bowl. When I walked into the media room I was a bit overwhelmed. The room was basically an auditorium lined with tables and chairs with tons of media occupying them. I saw so many photographers that I shot games with down here in Miami it kind of felt like a family reunion with all the familiar faces. Honestly I thought my chances of getting a great shot were going to be few and far between with all the media that was shooting the game, but as luck had it; I was able to find my spots and grab some amazing shots.

The game itself started out a little slow between both teams. It was more of a defensive battle, but as the game wound on the Miami Hurricanes put on a show both on offense and defense. The Mountaineers couldn’t move the ball against the stout Miami defense while the Hurricanes offense had their way with the West Virginia defense.

One of my favorite moments shooting was the trophy ceremony and celebration. The players had their families with them on the field afterwards and photographing them with their families as well as teammates was enjoyable to see. Everyone was all smiles on the Miami side. The players did laps around the stadium greeting fans and posing for pictures with them in the stands. I think the celebration could have last longer, but the stadium cut their lights off and thus the field celebration had ended.

The Russell Athletic Bowl was a great experience and I look forward to photographing more football next season!

Corn Elder battles for the ball in warm ups
Corn Elder battles for the ball in warm ups
West Virginia players warm up prior to the game
West Virginia players warm up prior to the game
2016 Russell Athletic Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
West Virginia Defensive line huddles up before the game
West Virginia Defensive line huddles up before the game
West Virginia offensive lineman, Tyler Orlosky
West Virginia offensive lineman, Tyler Orlosky
Brad Kaaya warming up
Brad Kaaya warming up
The West Virginia Mountaineers mascot leads the team onto the field
The West Virginia Mountaineers mascot leads the team onto the field
Sean Walters, West Virginia LB, takes a knee in prayer before the game
Sean Walters, West Virginia LB, takes a knee in prayer before the game
KC McDermott, acknowledges the crowd as the Hurricanes run onto the field
KC McDermott, acknowledges the crowd as the Hurricanes run onto the field
Stacy Coley, Miami Hurricanes WR, take a knee in prayer prior to the conclusion of warmups
Stacy Coley, Miami Hurricanes WR, take a knee in prayer prior to the conclusion of warmups
Brad Kaaya, Miami Hurricanes QB, prays before the start of the Russell Athletic Bowl
Brad Kaaya, Miami Hurricanes QB, prays before the start of the Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami Hurricane players watch their teammates battle in warmups
Miami Hurricane players watch their teammates battle in warmups
Marvin Gross Jr, West Virginia S, pumps up the fans in the endzone
Marvin Gross Jr, West Virginia S, pumps up the fans in the endzone
Brad Kaaya looks downfield as he scrambles out of the pocket
Brad Kaaya looks downfield as he scrambles out of the pocket
Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia DL, lines up on defense
Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia DL, lines up on defense
Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, celebrates the team's fumble recovery
Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, celebrates the team’s fumble recovery
Sklyer Howard, West Virginia QB, signals a first down
Sklyer Howard, West Virginia QB, signals a first down
Miami Hurricanes DL, Joe Jackson, sacks Sklyer Howard
Miami Hurricanes DL, Joe Jackson, sacks Sklyer Howard
Miami Hurricanes LB, Zach McCloud, takes down West Virginia RB, Justin Crawford
Miami Hurricanes LB, Zach McCloud, takes down West Virginia RB, Justin Crawford
Miami Hurricanes QB, Brad Kaaya, launches a pass deep downfield
Miami Hurricanes QB, Brad Kaaya, launches a pass deep downfield
Malcom Lewis, Hurricanes WR, tries to leap past a defender from West Virginia
Malcom Lewis, Hurricanes WR, tries to leap past a defender from West Virginia
West Virginia QB, Skyler Howard, tries to rush past the Hurricanes defense
West Virginia QB, Skyler Howard, tries to rush past the Hurricanes defense
Miami Hurricanes RB, Mark Walton, looks for an opening to run through
Miami Hurricanes RB, Mark Walton, looks for an opening to run through
Miami Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, wraps up Sklyer Howard from West Virginia
Miami Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, wraps up Sklyer Howard from West Virginia
Miami Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, leaps over a defender into the endzone for a touchdown
Miami Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, leaps over a defender into the endzone for a touchdown
West Virginia WR, Daikiel Shorts, gets tackled
West Virginia WR, Daikiel Shorts, gets tackled
Brad Kaaya under center
Brad Kaaya under center
Miami Hurricanes RB, Mark Walton
Miami Hurricanes RB, Mark Walton
Miami Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, deflects a pass from West Virginia QB, Sklyer Howard
Miami Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, deflects a pass from West Virginia QB, Sklyer Howard
Sklyer Howard looks to pass downfield
Sklyer Howard looks to pass downfield
Michael Jackson, Hurricanes DB, celebrates a 3rd down stop on defense
Michael Jackson, Hurricanes DB, celebrates a 3rd down stop on defense
Malcom Lewis, Miami Hurricanes WR, catches a touchdown pass
Malcom Lewis, Miami Hurricanes WR, catches a touchdown pass
Kendrick Norton, Miami Hurricanes DL, takes a seat on the bench as the Hurricanes offense takes the field
Kendrick Norton, Miami Hurricanes DL, takes a seat on the bench as the Hurricanes offense takes the field
Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders throw up the U
Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders throw up the U
A Miami Hurricanes fan shows off his custom made championship belt
A Miami Hurricanes fan shows off his custom made championship belt
Adrian Colbert flips the receiver in mid air
Adrian Colbert flips the receiver in mid air
The Russell Athletic Bowl Championship Trophy
The Russell Athletic Bowl Championship Trophy
The Russell Athletic Bowl MVP Award
The Russell Athletic Bowl MVP Award
Stacy Coley putting on his Russell Athletic Bowl Champions hat
Stacy Coley putting on his Russell Athletic Bowl Champions hat
Chad Thomas is all smiles after the Hurricanes win
Chad Thomas is all smiles after the Hurricanes win
Former NFL great, Eddie George, is on hand for the trophy presentation
Former NFL great, Eddie George, is on hand for the trophy presentation
Mark Richt gives an interview to ESPN after the Hurricanes win
Mark Richt gives an interview to ESPN after the Hurricanes win
Brad Kaaya gives an interview to ESPN Radio after the win
Brad Kaaya gives an interview to ESPN Radio after the win
Brad Kaaya celebrates on stage
Brad Kaaya celebrates on stage
Mark Richt hoists up the championship trophy for all to see
Mark Richt hoists up the championship trophy for all to see
Mark Richt throws up the U at the conclusion of his interview
Mark Richt throws up the U at the conclusion of his interview
Miami Hurricanes LB, Shaquille Quarterman, goes to celebrate with his teammates
Miami Hurricanes LB, Shaquille Quarterman, goes to celebrate with his teammates
Miami Hurricane players thank the fans for all their support
Miami Hurricane players thank the fans for all their support
Brad Kaaya after the trophy ceremony was all smiles
Brad Kaaya after the trophy ceremony was all smiles
Miami Hurricanes defense and coaching staff
Miami Hurricanes defense and coaching staff
Brad Kaaya thanks the crowd
Brad Kaaya thanks the crowd

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