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BFTB Scouting: College Bowl Games Part 7 (Orange Bowl)

The last game at Stanford for Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh?  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The last game at Stanford for Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh? (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Featured Game
Orange Bowl
(11-1) vs Virginia Tech
(11-2) Monday 1/3 5:30 PM PT (ESPN)

This game is a showcase on the big stage for Stanford QB Andrew Luck and a potential NFL Head Coach in Stanford's Jim Harbaugh. Luck is in line to be the top pick in the draft either this year or whenever he moves onto the NFL. Harbaugh has been rumored as a successor for Mike Singletary with the San Francisco 49ers and there have also been rumblings that he could return to his Alma Mater to take the reigns at Michigan. This might be an opportune time for both to leave since Stanford has a lot of players in their senior (you can see this in the sleepers section, especially with WRs Chris Owusu, Ryan Whalen and Doug Baldwin, TEs Coby Fleener and Konrad Reuland and FB  Owen Marecic all moving on) and this may be the pinnacle of their success for the near future. Although, they do have a tremendous Sophomore talent in RB Stepfan Taylor.

Virginia Tech started off their season by losing to WAC powerhouse Boise State in the opening week. They then embarrassed themselves by surrendering a victory to James Madison University, which isn't even an FCS school. Since then they've won 10 straight and dominated the ACC including a win in the ACC Championship Game against Florida State. Going into the season many expect the Hokies to lean on RB Ryan Williams to lead a strong offense, but as the season progressed Senior QB Tyrod Taylor and Junior RB Darren Evans led the high-powered Virginia Tech offense. They also have a nice trifecta of receiving targets in Junior WRs Jarrett Boykins and Danny Coale and Senior TE Andre Smith.

These teams were the 9th (Stanford) and 18th (Virginia Tech) highest scoring teams this season. Expect a shootout and a chance to see future NFL players before they were stars.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Rashad Carmichael
Virginia Tech
Sr. 5'10 182 lbs
Carmichael's greatest asset on the football field is his top end speed. His man-to-man coverage skills have developed really well. He needs to get better at recognizing the ball in flight. He needs to get better at supporting the run game and his size and strength are lacking. He's been durable throughout his college career. High character guy. 3rd round pick. Original Writeup
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Andrew Luck Stanford QB So. 6'4 235 lbs
Much of the speculation about the 2011 draft centers around young Andrew Luck. He could stay in school and earn his Stanford degree, but right now he's the sure-fire top QB prospect in the draft and would be turning down tons of money to do so. His best asset is his pocket presence. He does what it takes to avoid the rush and has the athleticism to move around, make people miss and take off on a long scramble. The touch he puts on the ball is excellent and can make the NFL type throws where the ball splits defenders by taking something off or gunning it. His delivery and release are smooth and quick and he gets plenty of zip on his throws. He already can read and manipulate coverages to get the best throwing lanes. He doesn't have much experience at the college level, but what he does have is top notch. 1st round pick, possible #1 overall if the Panthers decide they want a new QB.
Owen Marecic Stanford FB Sr. 6'0 243 lbs
Relentless blocker who can take out one player and move onto another on the same play. Could use some technique work on sealing off defenders and positioning for sustaining blocks. He's an okay pass catcher, but isn't going to be a big threat in the passing game. He can help a little running between the tackles. 4th round pick.
Ryan Williams Virginia Tech RB So. 5'10 210 lbs
As a potential 2nd round oick, Ryan Williams could declare as a draft-eligible sophomore. He's got good speed and he's also a good finisher that runs hard. He's able to run low and get under people to generate power. He's shifty and can juke defenders. Good vision and patience. Has some ball security issues. Needs to improve his skills in the passing game as a receiver and protector. Original Writeup
Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech QB/WR Sr. 6'1 215 lbs
Excellent speed for a quarterback, which could translate as game breaking speed at the WR position. Decision-making and footwork are questionable at the QB position. His release and dropback are very quick and he can get zip on his throws. His agility, athleticism and elusiveness are some of the best in the college this year. Possible late round steal if he develops.
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Sione Fua Stanford DT Sr. 6'1 303 lbs
Derek Hall Stanford OT Sr. 6'4 306 lbs
Chris Owusu Stanford WR Sr. 6'2 185 lbs
Chase Beeler Stanford C Sr. 6'2 273 lbs
Konrad Reuland Stanford TE Sr. 6'4 258 lbs
Nate Whitaker Stanford K Sr. 5'8 187 lbs
Ryan Whalen Stanford WR Sr. 6'1 207 lbs
Richard Sherman Stanford CB Sr. 6'2 212 lbs
Andrew Philips Stanford G Sr. 6'3 303 lbs
Chike Amajoyi Stanford OLB Sr. 5'11 233 lbs
Doug Baldwin Stanford WR Sr. 5'9 192 lbs
John Graves Virginia Tech DT Sr. 6' 279 lbs
Steven Friday Virginia Tech DE/OLB Sr. 6'3 250 lbs
Davon Morgan Virginia Tech S Sr. 5'11 195 lbs
Beau Warren Virginia Tech C Sr. 6'2 280 lbs
Andre Smith Virginia Tech TE Sr. 6'4 269 lbs

Tracking Prospects Mentioned In Previous Articles:

Prospect Name College Position Class Proj. Draft Position

Bowl Game Opponent (Date)

Graig Cooper Miami RB Sr. 6th rd Notre Dame (12/31)  
Delone Carter Syracuse RB Sr. 5th rd Kansas St. (12/30) 28 car. 202 yds. 2 TDs.
Noel Devine West Virginia RB Sr. 3rd/4th rd North Carolina St. (12/28) 8 car. 50 yds. 4 rec. 21 yds. 1 fumble.
Kendall Hunter Oklahoma St. RB Sr. 3rd/4th rd Arizona (12/29) 10 car. 32 yds.
LaMichael James Oregon RB So. 2nd rd Auburn (1/10)  
DeMarco Murray Oklahoma RB Sr. 2nd/3rd rd Connecticut (1/2) 25 car. 93 yds. 1 TD. 2 rec. -1 yds.
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon St. RB Jr. 3rd rd  
Evan Royster Penn St. WR Sr. 6th rd Florida (1/1) 20 car. 98 yds.
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    
Justin Blackmon Oklahoma St. WR So. 1st rd Arizona (12/29) 9 rec. 117 yds. 2 TDs.
Vincent Brown San Diego St. WR Sr. 4th rd Navy (12/23) 8 rec. 165 yds. 1 TD. 1 car. -13 yds.
Ryan Broyles Oklahoma WR Jr. 2nd rd Connecticut (1/2) 13 rec. 170 yds. 1 TD. 57 yd. punt return.
Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR Jr. 3rd rd. Miami (12/31) 6 rec. 109 yds. 2 TDs.
A.J Green Georgia WR Jr. 1st rd. UCF (12/31) 8 rec. 77 yds.
Leonard Hankerson Miami WR Sr. 4th/5th rd Notre Dame (12/31) 6 rec. 71 yds. 1 TD.
Dwayne Harris East Carolina WR Sr. 4th rd Maryland (12/29) 8 rec. 68 yds. 1 car. -7 yds.
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) 3 rec. 49 yds. 2 car. 36 yds. 1 TD.
Jeremy Kerley TCU WR Sr. 5th/6th rd Wisconsin (1/1) 6 rec. 58 yds. 1 car. 5 yds.
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) 3 rec. 61 yds.
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)  
Greg Salas Hawaii WR Sr. 4th rd Tulsa (12/24) 13 rec. 214 yds. 2 TDs.
DeMarco Sampson San Diego St. WR Sr. Late rds Navy (12/23) 2 rec. 45 yds.
Torrey Smith Maryland WR Jr. 2nd rd East Carolina (12/29) 2 rec. 10 yds. 1 car. -3 yds.
Terrance Toliver LSU WR Sr. 4th/5th rd Texas A&M (1/7)  
Nick Toon Wisconsin WR Jr. 4th/5th rd TCU (1/1) 3 rec. 46 yds.
Titus Young Boise St. WR Sr. 3rd/4th rd Utah (12/22) 6 rec. 64 yds. 3 car. 9 yds.
Mike McNeill Nebraska WR Sr. Late Rds Washington (12/30) 3 rec. 33 yds.
Luke Stocker Tennessee TE Sr. 4th rd North Carolina (12/30) 5 rec. 58 yds. 1 TD.
Gabe Carimi Wisconsin OT Sr.

1st/2nd rd

TCU (1/1)  
Marcus Gilbert Florida OT Sr. 5th rd Penn St. (1/1)
Chris Hairston Clemson OT Sr. 3rd rd South Florida (12/31)  
Jarriel King South Carolina OT Sr. 4th rd Florida St. (12/31)  
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)  
Clint Boling Georgia OT/G Sr. 3rd rd Central Florida (12/31)  
James Carpenter Alabama OT/G Jr. 4th rd Michigan St. (1/1)
Orlando Franklin Miami OT/G Sr. 2nd rd Notre Dame (12/31)  
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) 1 sack.
Jared Crick Nebraska DE/DT Jr. 3rd rd Washington (12/30)  
Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT Jr. 1st rd Oregon (1/10)  
Jarvis Jenkins Clemson DE/DT Sr. 4th rd South Florida (12/31)  
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) 1 sack.
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)  
Justin Houston Georgia DE/OLB Jr. 1st/2nd rd Central Florida (12/31)  
Ryan Kerrigan Purdue DE/OLB Sr. 1st rd  
Craig Marshall South Florida DE/OLB Sr. 4th rd Clemson (12/31)  
Cliff Matthews South Carolina DE/OLB Sr. 3rd/4th rd Florida St. (12/31) 1 sack.
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)  
Markus White Florida St. DE/OLB Sr. Late rds South Carolina (12/31)
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) 1 Int.
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)
Dont'a Hightower Alabama ILB So. 2nd/3rd rd Michigan 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) 1 sack and 1 Int.
Chris White Mississippi St. ILB Sr. Late rds Michigan (1/1)  
Alex Wujciak Maryland ILB Sr. 4th rd East Carolina (12/29)
Mason Foster Washington LB Sr. 4th rd Nebraska (12/30)  
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)  
Chris L. Rucker Michigan St. CB Sr. 5th rd Alabama (1/1)  
Aaron Williams Texas CB Jr. 2nd rd  
Shareece Wright USC CB Sr. 4th rd    
Mark Barron Alabama S Jr. 2nd/3rd rd Torn pectoral muscle. Will miss bowl game.
Ahmed Black Florida S Jr. 4th rd Penn St. (1/1) 1 PBU, 2 Ints. and 1 Int. returned for 80 yd TD.
Quinton Carter Oklahoma S Sr. 2nd rd Connecticut (1/2)  
Eric Hagg Nebraska S Sr. 5th rd Washington (12/30)  
Will Hill Florida S Jr. 5th rd Penn St. (1/1) 1 PBU
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) 1 sack.
Deunta Williams North Carolina S Sr. 3rd rd Tennessee (12/30)  
Troy Woolfork Michigan S Sr. Late rds Mississippi St. (1/1)