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BFTB Scouting: College Bowl Games Part 8 (Sugar Bowl)

Featured Game
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Ohio State (11-1) vs Arkansas (10-2) Tuesday 1/4 5:30 PM PT (ESPN)

Easily the most controversial of the bowl games this season. Five players on Ohio State were suspended for the start of the 2011 season due to NCAA violations, but for (most likely nefarious business reasons) were allowed to play in this game. It also happens to be one of the most competitive games since it features two top 10 teams from two of the premier conferences (Big Ten and SEC) in college football, two of the top college quarterbacks in Ohio State Junior Terrelle Pryor and Arkansas Junior Ryan Mallett and two of the best coaches in Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Arkansas' Bobby Petrino.

The Ohio State offense is drenched in this controversy. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is one of the players who dodged suspension to play in the game. He's a dynamic playmaker that ha run for over 600 yards in each of his 3 seasons as starter and set a career high with 2551 passing yards this year. The Buckeyes' top deep threat is DeVier Posey and their 1,000 yard RB David Herron are two other players that could have missed this game with suspension, but instead will play a big part in the offense. There are, however some key players unscathed by the allegations and penalties. Senior WR Dane Sanzanbacher was the team's leading receiver and draws obvious comparisons to former-Buckeye and current Indianapolis Colt Anthony Gonzalez. Senior DE Cameron Heyward is the key man on run defense and will do his best to limit the ground game and force the Razorbacks to challenge an experienced secondary featuring Seniors Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrance at CB and Senior S Jermale Hines.

For Arkansas the name of the game is passing as they were 4th in the nation averaging 349.2 passing yards per game. Bobby Petrino is famous for churning out top college QBs with NFL potential (Stefan LeFors, Hunter Cantwell and Brian Brohm) and has another, and probably better, one in Mallett. They like to spread the ball around with Junior WRs Joe Adams and Greg Childs and Senior TE D.J Williams all having over 40 receptions and Junior WR Jarius Wright and Sophomore WR Coby Hamilton both having over 30. However, Childs will miss the game with an injury. He's a potential 1st round pick in 2012 and will be missed. They also have a 1,000 yard back in Sophomore Knile Davis. Senior LT Demarcus Love blocks well for all of them and will the NFL scouts' eyes on him when they are not watching Mallett.

BFTB Scouting Targets:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Cameron Heyward Ohio St. DE Sr. 6'5 278 lbs
The son of former NFL player Craig "Ironhead" Heyward is a run stuffer than can play DE and move to DT on passing downs. He could also be 3-4 DE with a little added bulk. He'll be on the Chargers radar, but I don't see the Bolts taking a DE in the middle of the first round. Original Writeup
DeVier Posey Ohio St. WR Jr. 6'2 200 lbs
Posey's game is dependent on speed. He uses his top end speed and his ability to change geers quickly to elude defenders and get open. He can also use it to explode after the catch and pick up some YAC. However, he's not a polished route runner and he shies from contact. He's got that NFL WR attitude already and he's one of the players suspended for the start of next season, so I wouldn't be surprise if he declares for the 2011 draft. 2nd or 3rd round pick. Original Writeup
Chimdi Chekwa Ohio St. CB Sr. 5'11 192 lbs
Ohio State has build up a tradition of producing NFL CBs over the past decade or so and Checkwa had some of the potential to be the next one to join their ranks. However, his career hasn't been as productive as his older brethren. He's basically good, but not great. He'll never have the skills to stick with a #1 WR, but he can turn and run and could add solid depth for an NFL team. 3rd or 4th round pick. Original Writeup
Ross Homan Ohio St. ILB Sr. 6'0 232 lbs
Homan saw his stock drop a lot since we first saw him early in the season. Part of that is injuries and part of that is projection. He's a powerful tackler who is excellent in zone coverage, stays disciplined in run defense and can patrol sideline to sideline. He's not a great pass rusher though and can have trouble moving through traffic. 4th round pick. Original Writeup
Devon Torrance Ohio St. CB Sr. 6'0 192 lbs
A raw, former WR who has transitioned to CB. He struggles at press coverage and can get grabby with the ball in the air. He does have good speed though and like Chekwa can turn and run with receivers. He's somewhat useful in run support as well. 5th round pick.
Brandon Saine Ohio St. RB Sr. 6'0 217 lbs
Saine is involved in the passing game, especially with wheel routes and he's also a willing pass blocker. He's got some speed and can get to the edge and also has a big enough body to take between the tackles. He doesn't get too many touches these day, however. He strikes me as a very interesting 3rd down back that can be had in the late rounds. Original Writeup
Jermale Hines Ohio St. S Jr. 6'2 212 lbs
Hines can be a playmaker in the secondary because he shows above average ball skills. He can make catches away from his body and is good at tipping the ball to himself. He can play a deep zone, but don't ask him to run to long with the top wide receivers at the next level. Can play up in the box as well where he likes to throw his weight around and use sound positioning and technique to wrap up ball carriers. 5th round pick. Original Writeup
Demarcus Love Arkansas OT Sr. 6'4 313 lbs
Looking at his height and weight you can tell he has the prototypical size for the position. He does, however, lack some athleticism that the NFL LT position may require. That's okay because he has some college experience on the right side and the Chargers could use a RT. He's been described as a quiet, hard worker and as a better pass blocker than a run blocker. 2nd round. Original Writeup
NFL Prospects:
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Terrelle Pryor Ohio St. QB/WR Jr. 6'6 233 lbs
A dynamic playmaker at QB he lacks polish with his pocket presence and lacks touch on his throws. He's big enough and fast enough to transition to WR and if he chooses to declare for the draft in order to avoid upcoming suspensions scouts think he could go higher if he abandoned playing QB. Possibly a 3rd or 4th round pick at WR. Maybe a 6th or 7th rounder as a QB.
Justin Boren Ohio St. G Sr. 6'2 318 lbs
Short, bulky guard 2 year start at guard. Rare player that transferred from Michigan to go to Ohio State. He did that even though his dad player for Michigan and even went so far as to release a statement about how the transfer cause family issues. Part of the reason for the transfer was the conditioning needed for the no-huddle offense at Michigan. Probably a career backup in the NFL. 4th or 5th round pick.
Ryan Mallett Arkansas QB Jr. 6'6 238 lbs
Scouts love his arm strength, but he's also been praised for his poise in the pocket, his production in pro style offenses and quickness and athleticism both in the pocket and out of it. He needed to be more consistently accurate this year and not fall into traps the defense sets up for him. For the most part, he's done that. He's also had some big games against top competition. 1st round pick. Original Writeup
D.J. Williams Arkansas TE Sr. 6'2 239 lbs
Overcame childhood hardships to become a good character guy. Helps kids that had similar situations. Team player. Smooth, quick player that can get down the field and use his good hands to reel in catches for big plays. However, he's not going to beat a safety deep. Willing to go over the middle and take the hit. He's a little undersized for the position. 3rd round pick.
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Dane Sanzenbacher Ohio St. WR Sr. 5'11 182 lbs
Dexter Larimore Ohio St. DT Sr. 6'1 298 lbs
Brian Rolle Ohio St. OLB Sr. 5'10 222 lbs
Bryant Browning Ohio St. G Sr. 6'3 308 lbs
Ramon Broadway Arkansas CB Sr. 5'7 194 lbs
Alex Tejada Arkansas K Sr. 6'0 205 lbs
Ray Dominguez Arkansas G Sr. 6'4 332 lbs
Michael Grayson Arkansas G Sr. 6'3 294 lbs
Anthony Leon Arkansas S Sr. 6'3 228 lbs
Rudell Crim Arkansas CB Sr. 5'9 196 lbs

Other Games Bowl
Middle Tennessee St. (6-6) vs Miami (OH) (9-4) Thursday 1/6 5:00 PM PT (ESPN) Bowl:Middle Tennessee State vs. Miami (OH)
Player School Pos. Class Height Weight
Kevin Brown Mid. Tenn. St. S Sr. 6'1 209 lbs
Jeremy Kellem Mid. Tenn. St. S Sr. 5'9 189 lbs
Jamari Lattimpre Mid. Tenn. St. OLB Sr. 6'2 225 lbs
Dwight Dasher Mid. Tenn. St. RB Sr. 5'10 207 lbs
Roderick Issac Mid. Tenn. St. CB Sr. 5'10 185 lbs
Philip Tanner Mid. Tenn. St. RB Sr. 5'10 209 lbs
Armand Robinson Miami (OH) WR Sr. 5'11 203 lbs
Jamal Rogers Miami (OH) WR Sr. 5'9 168 lbs
Brandon Stephens Miami (OH) CB Sr. 5'9 199 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)