BFTB Scouting: College Bowl Games Part 3 (Poinsettia Bowl)

Featured Game
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Navy (9-3) vs San Diego St. (8-4) Thursday 12/23 5:00 PM PT (ESPN)

This is a bowl pairing that the Poinsettia Bowl founders had always dreamed of. San Diego is a Navy town, full of veterans and current naval personnel and it is also home to many Aztec fans that have been hoping to see their team in the college postseason for years. On top of that, the game is in San Diego, which is a great destination for out-of-town Navy fans and wayward Aztec alums to come see a great matchup.

Navy runs a triple option style offense built around their Senior QB Ricky Dobbs, FB Alexander Teich, RB Gee Gee Greene and RB Aaron Santiago. SDSU got some preparation for playing against this disciplined style in a win over Air Force at Qualcomm Stadium. The big threat of this offense is that all that running can leave a defense vulnerable to a passing game that features two WRs in Greg Jones and Brandon Turner who are excellent at selling run before going deep. That's a situation that SDSU CBs Leon McFadden and Josh Wade need to be prepared for.

SDSU's offense is also full of weapons. Ryan Lindley is an experienced Junior QB who has two experienced WRs to throw to in Vincent Brown and Demarco Sampson. He also has a talented freshman RB in Ronnie Hillman to hand off to. If those options are occupied then 6'6 Freshman TE Gavin Escobar and Senior FB Brandon Sullivan have proven to be effective safety valves who can pick up first downs. Navy has some decent CBs in Kwesi Mitchell and Kevin Edwards along with some excellent safety-play from Wyatt Middleton, but that may not be enough against all those weapons from Montezuma Mesa.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR Sr. 5'11 197 lbs
Formerly injury-prone WR came up big in senior season. He's an above average route runner with average hands and average speed. He's good at blocking, running after the catch and using his hands and burst to elude defenders. He doesn't have size to project as a #1 WR in the NFL, but would be a useful offensive weapon. He's likely to get picking up in the middle rounds of the draft. Original Writeup
Demarco Sampson San Diego St. WR Sr. 6'2 209 lbs
Sampson had shown inconsistency catching the ball, but in the last few games seemed to show that his abilities on the field were catching up with size, talent and athleticism that projects him as an NFL prospect. His biggest strength is using his size to shield defenders and win the ball in the air. He's still a developmental project and may not get drafted, but will at least be a priority free agent that some NFL team will see as a future contributor. Original Writeup
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Ronnie Hillman San Diego St. RB Fr. 5'10 175 lbs
Hillman is only a freshmen, but has put himself on the NFL radar with a solid season as a full time starter. The injury problems are a bit of a concern, but scouts love his balance and quickness enough to overlook it. He's dangerous when he enters the second level of defenses and finds open field. He's also an adequate route runner and pass catcher making him an all around threat.
Ryan Lindley San Diego St. QB Jr. 6'4 215 lbs
I'm not as sold on Lindley as a pro QB prospect as others due to some of his decision making and my questions about his arm. However, he has prototypical size and has shown he can run a pro-style offense. This year he has benefited from some outstanding weapons on offense. He'll have a little less to work with his Senior season and will really show his worth then.
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Ricky Dobbs Navy QB/RB Sr. 6'0 200 lbs
Kevin Edwards Navy CB Sr. 6'0 185 lbs
Wyatt Middleton Navy S Sr. 6'1 192 lbs

Other Games
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii (10-3) vs Tulsa (9-3) Friday 12/24 5:00 PM PT (ESPN)
Little Caesar's Bowl
Florida Int'l (6-6) vs Toledo (8-4) Sunday 12/26 5:30 PM PT (ESPN)
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Air Force (8-4) vs Georgia Tech (6-6) Monday 12/27 5:00 PM PT (ESPN2)

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Tulsa
BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Greg Salas
Hawaii WR Sr. 6'1 207 lbs
Adequate route runner with good hands. Average speed and lack of burst keep his projection from making him anything more than a pick in the middle rounds. Not the strongest WR and can get pushed around at times including getting off the line and fighting for jump balls.
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Charles Clay Tulsa FB Sr. 6'3 232 lbs
A smallish fullback who had versatility as a route runner and pass catcher. He is strong, but as a runner and a blocker, but needs work on his blocking techniques.
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Alexander Green
Hawaii RB Sr. 6'0 227 lbs
Laupepa Letuli
Hawaii OG Sr. 6'3 327 lbs
Rodney Bradley
Hawaii WR
Sr. 5'11 195 lbs
Lametrius Davis
Hawaii CB Sr. 5'10 189 lbs
Kealoha Pilares
Hawaii WR Sr. 5'10 215 lbs
Mike Such Tulsa P Sr. 6'2 209 lbs
Odrick Ray Tulsa DE Sr. 6'3 258 lbs
Demaris Johnson Tulsa OLB Sr. 6'3 177 lbs
Tanner Antle Tulsa WR Sr. 6'3 222 lbs
Aj Whitmore Tulsa WR Sr. 5'8 172 lbs
Jamad Williams Tulsa RB Sr. 5'8 202 lbs

Little Caesar's Bowl: Florida International vs. Toledo
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Anthony Gaitor Florida Int'l CB Sr. 5'9 176 lbs
Cedric Mack Florida Int'l OT Sr. 6'3 351 lbs
Greg Ellingson Florida Int'l WR Sr. 6'3 199 lbs
Kevin Kowalski Toledo C Sr. 6'3 295 lbs
Archie Donald Toledo ILB Sr. 6'0 243 lbs
Douglas Westbrook Toledo DE Sr. 6'2 232 lbs

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Anthony Allen Georgia Tech RB Sr. 6'0 230 lbs
A bigger back who shows good burst through the hole. Could be used some as a fullback since he was asked to block and did it well in the Georgia Tech triple-option offense. Shows good hands and could be a decent option out of the backfield in the receiving game, but needs work.
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Reginald Rembert Air Force CB Sr. 5'7 174 lbs
Mario Butler Georgia Tech CB Sr. 6'0 184 lbs
Mario Edwards Georgia Tech S Sr. 6'1 219 lbs
Brad Jefferson Georgia Tech ILB Sr. 6'1 241 lbs
Josh Nesbitt Georgia Tech QB/RB Sr. 6'0 218 lbs
Anthony Barnes Georgia Tech OLB Sr. 6'2 241 lbs
Robert Hall Georgia Tech DE Sr. 6'2 274 lbs
Austin Barrick Georgia Tech OT Sr. 6'2 274 lbs
Anthony Egbuniwe Georgia Tech DE Sr. 6'4 256 lbs
Ben Anderson Georgia Tech DT Sr. 6'1 270 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) 7 rec. 48 yds. 1 TD. 3 car. 16 yds. 1 TD. Returned kicks and punts.
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) 12 rec. 147 yds. 1 TD.
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) 6 rec. 64 yds. 3 car. 9 yds.
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)  
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.
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)  
Allen Bailey Miami DE Sr. 1st rd Notre Dame (12/31)  
Da'Quan Bowers Clemson DE Jr. 1st rd South Florida (12/31)  
Adrian Clayborn Iowa DE Sr. 1st rd Missouri (12/28)  
Cameron Jordan California DE Sr. 1st/2nd rd    
Karl Klug Iowa DE Sr. 5th rd Missouri (12/28)  
J.J. Watt Wisconsin DE Jr. 2nd rd TCU (1/1)  
Pierre Allen Nebraska DE/OLB Sr. 4th rd Washington (12/30)  
Jeremy Beal Oklahoma DE/OLB Sr. 2nd rd Connecticut (1/2)  
Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB Sr. 1st rd  
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 Penn St. (1/1)  
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 Penn St. (1/1)  
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 Penn St. (1/1)  
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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