Bowl Season is Upon Us

by Tommy Lawlor  –

Saturday has the first 3 bowl games of the year.  They aren’t great and there aren’t many big time prospects, but there are some guys to watch.     BYU vs UTEP – New Mexico Bowl
N Illinois vs Fresno State – Humanitarian Bowl
Ohio vs Troy – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

DE Vic So’oto – 10.5 TFLs, 4 sacks, 8 QB hurries…6’3, 261
S Andrew Rich – leading tackler, 3 INTs, 3 FF, 6.5 TFLs…very good size at 6’3, 217
LT Matt Reynolds – only a Junior, but best OL…6’6, 322

WR Kris Adams – averaged over 20 yds per catch this year (44-917-11)…6’3, 195
RG Rod Huntley – All-conference player…6’3, 320
RT Alex Solot – massive guy at 6’8, 310
QB Trevor Vittatoe – very productive player…injuries a factor in 2010
RB Donald Buckram – had great 2009 season, but injuries hurt him in ’10
S Wiston Jeune – real interesting player who emerged when starter got hurt…6’3, 210

DE Jake Coffman – led team with 6 sacks, 11.5 TFLs…6’5, 255
LB Alex Kube – 4-year starter, 18.5 career TFLs…6’0, 228
DT D.J. Pirkle – small at 6’0, 283, but does have 22 career TFLs
CB Chris Smith – great year in ’10 w/ 3 INTs, 45 solo stops, 3.5 TFLs
RB Chad Spann – 2,821 career yards, 47 TDs…5’9, 198

DE Chris Carter – WAC Def. POY w/ 11 sacks, 4 FFs…only 6’2, 240 so might be LB in NFL
ILB Ben Jacobs – 4-year starter, very productive…6’3, 225
S Lorne Bell – smart veteran S, but not much of a playmaker
CB Desia Dunn – 5’9, 190…has 14 career PBUs
QB Ryan Colburn – 2-year starter…6’3, 220
RT Kenny Wiggins – 2-year starter…good size at 6’7, 315
RG Andrew Jackson – 4-year starter…6’5, 295
C Joe Bernardi – 39 career starts, but only 6’3, 285
LG Devan Cunningham – massive blocker is 6’6, 360…has 33 career starts

WR Terrence McCrae – 32-481-9…6’4, 198
DT Marcellis Williamson – massive guy at 6’1, 327
DE Stafford Gatling – 13.5 TFLs, 2 FFs…6’4, 249
CB Julian Posey – 12 PBUs…also a KOR
SS Donovan Fletcher – 5 INTs in 2010
FS Steven Jackson – 3 INTs in 2010

WR Jerrel Jernigan – versatile playmaker…WR, runner, PR, and KOR – scored TD each way in 2010…5’9, 195
DE Mario Addison – 9 sacks, 3 FFs…6’3, 240
LB Daniel Sheffield – productive player, but undersized at only 6’3, 206


Couple of I-AA Notes

* Villanova LT Ben Ijalana is a good NFL prospect. He played a big part in the offensive success of the team in the first couple of rounds. Ijalana dominated Appalachian State pass rusher Jabari Fletcher in last week’s game.

Wildcats star Matt Szczur had a down Senior year due to a high ankle sprain. He got healthy at the right time, though, and came up big in the win over ASU. He had 16 carries for 104 yards and 3 TDs. He caught a TD pass on a good route that got him wide open. He also threw a TD pass. Special player at the I-AA level and an NFL prospect. I think he’s probably a 4th round type. He will play in the Senior Bowl, as will Ijalana.

* Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones impressed the heck out of me. He’s only a Junior, but is absolutely a player to watch for next year. He ran for 230 yards in last week’s win over North Dakota State. That game was a lot of fun to watch, with good teams playing in snow. EWU is the school with the red field. It’s grown on me, but takes getting used to.

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