BFTB Scouting: College Bowl Games Part 1

Featured Game
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL
Ohio
(8-4) vs Troy (7-5) Saturday 12/18 6:00 PM PT (ESPN)

The Ohio Bobcats finished with the 3rd best record in the MAC to earn their spot in the New Orleans Bowl. Ohio's head coach Frank Solich used to head up the Nebraska football team and even coached them all the way to a spot in the National Championship Game. At Ohio he's brought the program to new heights. The school went decades without a bowl appearance, but since he got there they've been to multiple. However, they have yet to win one and will get their next shot at postseason victory in this bowl game. They are a strong defensive unit, but also have a Senior QB in Boo Jackson who is very capable and a senior WR Terrence McCare who provides a good target.

Troy shared a Sun Belt Conference Championship this season with Florida International and has been a perennial powerhouse in that conference. In the past Troy has featured such future NFL players as the New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora, Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, Buffalo's Leodis McKelvin and San Diego's Brandon Lang. This year their best NFL talent is Jerrel Jernigan. In fact, in this game he's the only sure-fire NFL prospect. It'll be the job of freshman QB Corey Robinson to get Jernigan the ball as well as his other receivers in Troy's spread offense. Robinson led the Sun Belt conference in yards, but will face a tough defense in Ohio.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Jerrel Jernigan Troy WR Sr. 5'9 183 lbs
Smallish WR with excellent top end speed. Could be a Steve Smith (Carolina version) or Jacoby Ford type receiver. Needs work on running routes. Is willing to hit the weight room. Likely a second round pick. Original Writeup
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Dak Notestine Ohio DE Sr. 6'2 248 lbs
Noah Keller Ohio ILB Sr. 6'0 222 lbs
Terrence McCraw Ohio WR Sr. 6'2 195 lbs
Ernest Hodge Ohio DT Sr. 6'0 286 lbs
Lavon Brazill Ohio WR Sr. 5'10 186 lbs
Marcellis Williamson Ohio DT Sr. 5'11 331 lbs
Andrew Oxley Ohio DT Sr. 6'3 303 lbs
Stafford Gatling Ohio DE Sr. 6'2 234 lbs
Steven Jackson Ohio S Sr. 6'0 190 lbs
Dujan Harris Troy RB Sr. 5'7 197 lbs
Mario Addison Troy OLB Sr. 6'2 237 lbs
Eugene Kinlaw Troy DT Sr. 6'1 288 lbs
Christopher Clark Troy OG Sr. 6'1 276 lbs

Other Games
New Mexico Bowl
BYU (6-6) vs UTEP
(6-6) Saturday 12/18 11:00 AM PT (ESPN)
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
Northern Illinois (10-3) vs Fresno St. (8-4) Saturday 12/18 2:30 PM PT (ESPN)

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois vs.Fresno St.
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Matt Reynolds BYU OT Jr. 6'6 323 lbs
Hard working offensive lineman. Very thick and doesn't seem athletic or mobile even for a lineman. Mentally and physically tough. Could move to guard on a team with a "pass-first" offense. Likely to come off the boards in the middle rounds, but no higher than 4th round.
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Mitchell Payne BYU K Sr. 6'1 207 lbs
Andrew Rich BYU S Sr. 6'2 224 lbs
Nicholas Alletto BYU OT Sr. 6'4 320 lbs
Trevor Vittatoe UTEP QB Sr. 6'1 225 lbs
Donald Buckham UTEP RB Sr. 5'9 194 lbs
Braxton Amy UTEP S Sr. 5'11 203 lbs
Rodney Huntley UTEP OG Sr. 6'2 315 lbs
Brandon Miller UTEP S Sr. 6'1 197 lbs
Alexander Solot UTEP OT Sr. 6'7 305 lbs
Robert Soleyjacks UTEP DE Sr. 6'2 248 lbs
Kristopher Adams UTEP WR Sr. 6'2 194 lbs
William Osolinksy UTEP OT Sr. 6'6 270 lbs

New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. UTEP
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Andrew Jackson
Fresno State
OG Sr. 6'5 288 lbs
Fierce competitor, but his lack of bulk lets him get pushed around. His strength lies in his active feet and powerful upper body. Needs work on technique. Likely to come off the boards in the middle rounds, but no higher than 4th round.
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Chad Spann
Northern Illinois
RB Sr. 5'7 202 lbs
Dennis Pickle
Northern Illinois DT Sr. 5'11 286lbs
Landon Cox
Northern Illinois WR Sr. 6'3 218 lbs
Christopher Smith
Northern Illinois CB Sr. 5'9 187 lbs
Ryan Colburn Fresno St.
QB Sr. 6'3 213 lbs
Benjamin Jacobs Fresno St. ILB
Sr. 6'3 237 lbs
Christopher Carter Fresno St. OLB
Sr. 6'1 236 lbs
Devan Cunningham
Fresno St. OG
Sr. 6'5 355 lbs
Cornell Banks
Fresno St. DT
Sr. 6'1 304 lbs
Christopher Lewis
Fresno St. DE Sr. 6'1 250 lbs
Lorne Bell
Fresno St. S
Sr. 5'9 205 lbs
Devon Wylie
Fresno St. WR
Sr. 5'9 184 lbs
Desia Dunn Fresno St. CB Sr. 5'8 194 lbs
Kenneth Wiggins Fresno St. OT Sr. 6'6 316 lbs

 

Tracking Prospects Mentioned In Previous Articles:

Prospect Name College Position Class Proj. Draft Position

Bowl Game Opponent (Date)

Notes
Noel Devine West Virginia RB Sr.
3rd/4th rd
North Carolina St. (12/28)
 
Kendall Hunter Oklahoma St. RB Sr. 3rd/4th rd
Arizona (12/29)
 
LaMichael James Oregon RB So.
2nd rd
Auburn (1/10)
 
DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB Sr.
2nd rd
Connecticut (1/2)
 
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon St. RB Jr.
3rd rd

 
Brandon Saine Ohio State RB Sr.
Late rds
Arkansas (1/4)
 
Shane Vereen California RB Jr.
3rd rd

 
Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR Jr.
1st/2nd rd
Kentucky (1/8)
 
Armon Binns Cincinnati WR Sr.
5th rd
   
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR Sr.
4th rd
Navy (12/23)
 
Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR Jr.
1st/2nd rd
Connecticut (1/2)  
Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR Jr.
3rd rd.
Miami (12/31)
Stock is down. May stay in school.
A.J Green Georgia WR Jr.
1st rd.
UCF (12/31)
 
Leonard Hankerson Miami WR Sr.
4th/5th rd
Notre Dame (12/31)
 
Jerrel Jernigan Troy WR Sr.
2nd rd Ohio (12/18)  
Ron Johnson USC WR Sr.
4th/5th rd

 
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos Iowa WR Sr.
3rd/4th rd

Dismissed from team after arrest on drug chargers
Julio Jones Alabama WR Jr.
1st rd
Michigan St. (1/1)
 
Jeremy Kerley TCU WR Sr.
5th/6th rd
Wisconsin (1/1)
 
Greg Little North Carolina WR Sr.
2nd-4th rd

NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible.
Niles Paul Nebraska WR Sr.
3rd/4th rd
Washington (12/30)
 
Austin Pettis Boise St. WR Sr.
Late rds
Utah (12/22)
 
DeVier Posey Ohio State WR Jr.
2nd/3rd rd
Arkansas (1/4)  
DeMarco Sampson San Diego St. WR Sr.
Late rds
Navy (12/23)  
Terrance Toliver LSU WR Sr.
4th/5th rd
Texas A&M (1/7)
 
Nick Toon Wisconsin WR Jr.
4th/5th rd
TCU (1/1)  
Titus Young Boise St. WR Sr.
3rd/4th rd
Utah (12/22)  
Gabe Carimi Wisconsin OT Sr.

1st/2nd rd

TCU (1/1)  
Demarcus Love Arkansas OT Sr.
2nd rd Ohio State (1/4)
 
Jason Pinkston Pittsburgh OT Sr.
3rd rd Kentucky (1/8)  
Derek Sherrod Mississippi St. OT Sr.
1st/2nd rd Michigan (1/1)  
Christian Ballard Iowa DE/DT Sr.
4th rd
Missouri (12/28)  
Jared Crick Nebraska DE/DT Jr.
3rd rd
Washington (12/30)  
Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT Jr.
1st rd
Oregon (1/10)  
Stephen Paea Oregon St. NT Sr.
1st rd
   
Ian Williams Notre Dame NT Sr.
Late rds
Miami (12/31) Torn MCL. Will probably  miss bowl game and combine.
Adrian Clayborn Iowa DE Sr.
1st rd Missouri (12/28)  
J.J. Watt Wisconsin DE Jr.
2nd rd
TCU (1/1)  
Cameron Jordan California DE/DT/OLB Sr.
1st/2nd rd    
Pierre Allen Nebraska DE/OLB Sr.
4th rd
Washington (12/30)  
Allen Bailey Miami DE/OLB Sr.
1st rd
Notre Dame (12/31)  
Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE/OLB Sr.
2nd rd
Connecticut (1/2)  
Da'Quan Bowers Clemson DE/OLB Jr.
1st rd
South Florida (12/31)  
Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB Sr.
1st rd
 
Karl Klug Iowa DE/OLB Sr.
5th rd
Missouri (12/28)  
Cliff Matthews South Carolina DE/OLB Sr.
3rd/4th rd
Florida St. (12/31)  
Pernell McPhee Mississippi St. DE/OLB Sr.
2nd rd
Michigan (1/1)  
Brooks Reed Arizona DE/OLB Sr.
2nd/3rd rd
Oklahoma St. (12/29)  
Greg Romeus Pittsburgh DE/OLB Sr.
3rd rd
  Torn ACL done for the year.
Jabaal Sheard Pittsburgh DE/OLB Sr.
2nd rd
Kentucky (1/8)  
Kelvin Sheppard LSU DE/OLB Sr.
3rd rd
Texas A&M (1/7)  
Akeem Ayers UCLA OLB Jr.
1st rd
 
Bruce Carter North Carolina OLB Sr.
2nd rd
  Torn ACL. Will miss bowl game and probably combine.
Brandon Hicks Florida OLB So.
5th rd
South Carolina (12/31)  
Von Miller Texas A&M OLB Sr.
1st rd
LSU (1/7)  
Dontay Moch Nevada OLB Sr. 3rd rd
Boston College (1/9)  
Jonas Mouton Michigan OLB Sr.
Late rds
Mississippi St. (1/1)  
Kennth Wright Mississippi St. OLB Sr.
4th rd
Michigan (1/1)  
Obi Ezeh Michigan ILB Sr.
Late rds Mississippi St. (1/1)  
Ross Homan Ohio State ILB Sr.
4th rd
Arkansas (1/4)  
Mike Mohamed California ILB
Sr.
Late rds
   
Nate Irving North Carolina St. ILB Sr.
3rd rd
West Virginia (12/28)  
Greg Jones Michigan St. ILB Sr.
3rd rd
Alabama (1/1)
 
Casey Matthews Oregon ILB Sr.
Late rds
Auburn (1/10)  
Quan Sturdivant North Carolina ILB Sr.
2nd rd
Tennessee (12/30)  
Chris White Mississippi St. ILB Sr.
Late rds
Michigan (1/1)  
Travis Lewis Oklahoma LB Jr.
2nd rd
Connecticut (1/2)  
Colin McCarthy Miami LB Sr.
3rd rd
Notre Dame (12/31)  
Prince Amukamara Nebraska CB Sr.
1st rd
Washington (12/30)  
Chykie Brown Texas CB Sr.
4th rd
  Broken forearm. Done for season.
Curtis Brown Texas CB Sr.
2nd rd
   
Rashad Carmichael Virginia Tech CB Sr.
3rd rd
Stanford (1/3)  
Chimdi Chekwa Ohio State CB Sr.
3rd/4th rd
Arkansas (1/4)  
Marcus Gilchrist Clemson CB Sr.
3rd rd
South Florida (12/31)  
Brandon Harris Miami CB Jr.
2nd rd
Notre Dame (12/31)  
Brandon Hogan West Virginia CB Sr.
5th rd
North Carolina St. (12/28)  
Janoris Jenkins Florida CB Jr.
1st rd
South Carolina (12/31)  
Patrick Peterson LSU CB Jr.
1st rd
Texas A&M (1/7)  
Aaron Williams Texas CB Jr.
2nd rd
 
Shareece Wright USC CB Sr.
4th rd
   
Mark Barron Alabama S Jr.
2nd/3rd rd
Michigan St. (1/1)  
Ahmed Black Florida S Jr.
4th rd
South Carolina (12/31)  
Quinton Carter Oklahoma S Sr.
2nd rd
Connecticut (1/2)  
Jermale Hines Ohio St. S Sr.
Late rds Arkansas (1/4)  
DeAndre McDaniel Clemson S Sr.
3rd rd
South Florida (12/31)  
Rahim Moore UCLA S Jr.
2nd rd
  Most likely returning to school.
Robert Sands West Virginia S Jr.
2nd rd
North Carolina St. (12/28)  
Deunta Williams North Carolina S Sr.
3rd rd
Tennessee (12/30)  
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