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BFTB Scouting: College Bowl Games Part 2

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Featured Game
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Utah (10-2) vs Boise St. (11-1) Wednesday 12/22 5:00 PM PT (ESPN)

Fans of the Mountain West Conference may find this game a little confusing. It features one team from the the Mountain West, Utah, who was widely considered the second best the conference vs. a team that has become perennial power from the Western Athletic Conference, Boise St. However, this the last football game Utah will ever play as a Mountain West team as they are moving to the Pac-10 next year. Similarly, Boise St. is no longer going to be part of the WAC and instead will join the Mountain West next year.

The game itself features two very successful Quarterbacks in Utah Senior Terrance Cain and Boise State's Junior Heisman Finalist Kellen Moore. Kellen More has two great weapons to throw to BFTB Scouting Targets Austin Pettis and Titus Young. The also have a bruising stout running back in Doug Martin. Utah is up for some of that challenge. They had a very skilled junior CB in Brandon Burton and a solid, if undersized, run defense. However, aside from Burton there isn't a lot of help on pass defense. Against San Diego St. there were plenty of deep throwing options against the Utes all game long and I would expect the Broncos to take advantage of that like the Aztecs did. Utah can run the ball with a RB tandem of Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata, but that probably won't be enough to keep up with the talented Boise St. offense.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Austin Pettis Boise St. WR Sr. 6'2 204 lbs
Productive WR with good size. He can make the spectacular catches, but can sometimes struggle on the routine ones. May not have the speed or burst to separate in the NFL. Why not necessarily similar to Boise St. alum and current Charger Legedu Naanee, his upside could be similar.
Titus Young Boise St. WR Sr. 5'11 172 lbs
Speedy deep threat, but isn't a great route runner and will struggle with man coverage at the next level. He also lacks ideal height. He's a tough, competitive player.
NFL Prospects:
Brandon Burton Utah CB Jr. 6'0 187 lbs
Talented, physical, tall cornerback who can matchup well against receivers that lack great top end speed. Still a junior and unlikely to declare for the draft, but one to watch for next year.
Nate Potter Boise St. OT/OG Sr. 6'6 293 lbs
Plays LT for the Broncos, but scouts don't see him staying at that position in the NFL. He's an excellent run blocker who has trouble against good edge pass rushers. Went into the year as a Day 1 or Day 2 prospect, but stock has been slipping. Original Writeup
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Caleb Schlauderaff Utah OG Sr. 6'3 298 lbs
Zane Taylor Utah OC Sr. 6'1 298 lbs
Joseph Phillips Utah K Sr. 5'10 189 lbs
Eddie Wide Utah RB Sr. 5'9 197 lbs
Matthew Asiata Utah RB Sr. 5'11 226 lbs
Antoine Smithson Utah WR Sr. 5'10 212 lbs
Brandyn Thompson Boise St. CB Sr. 5'9 182 lbs
Ryan Winterswyk Boise St. DE Sr. 6'3 269 lbs
Jeron Johnson Boise St. S Sr. 5'10 197 lbs
Derrell Acrey Boise St. ILB Sr. 6'0 233 lbs
Thomas Gallarda Boise St. TE Sr. 6'5 253 lbs
Daron Mackey Boise St. ILB Sr. 5'11 232 lbs
Winston Venable Boise St. OLB Sr. 5'11 217 lbs
Jeramy Avery Boise St. RB Sr. 5'8 175 lbs

Other Games
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
Southern Miss (8-4) vs Louisville (6-6) Tuesday 12/21 5:00 PM PT (ESPN)

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Louisville
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Bilal Powell Louisville RB Sr. 5'11 216 lbs
Very productive runner this year for the Cardinals and has one high rushing totals in the country this year. Got his first opportunity to take the bulk of the carries in his final season. Before that he was mainly a goal line option, which he could also be in the NFL. He's a downhill runner who can churn out yards even against stout defenses (just like the Golden Eagles defense he faces in this game).
Sleepers:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Anthony Gray Southern Miss DT Sr. 5'11 314 lbs
John Henderson Southern Miss DT Sr. 6'0 296 lbs
Martez Smith Southern Miss OLB Sr. 5'11 219 lbs
Justin Wilson Southern Miss S Sr. 5'10 191 lbs
Johdrick Morris Southern Miss WR Sr. 6'2 222 lbs
Cameron Graham Louisville TE Sr. 6'3 250 lbs
Johnny Patrick Louisville CB Sr. 5'11 188 lbs
Troy Pascley Louisville WR Sr. 6'1 201 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)
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 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)