December 26th Bowl Game Scouting Guides

logo-31-03-2015Miami Redhawks (6-6) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-7)
10:00 CST on ESPN

Mississippi State Prospects
#8 WR Fred Ross
#58 RT Justin Senior
#60 C Jamaal Clayborn
#88 DT Nick James
#47 DE AJ Jefferson
#39 LB Richie Brown
#11 FS Kivon Coman

Not too often do you get a middle of the road MAC team facing off against an SEC team in the bowl season but because of the Bulldogs having a losing record they got in on their APR and filled an open spot. While it was a big year for the Redhawks who won their final six games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. NFL Draft wise the Redhawks don’t offer anything as they have a young team, but the Bulldogs on the other hand the Bulldogs have enough prospects to make up for it.

While the Bulldogs offense has taken a step back this year ti’s not because of slot receiver Fred Ross. Ross doesn’t have elite athletic ability or speed but he has a knack for getting open and has Velcro for hands.

As for the other Bulldog prospects keep an eye on defenders AJ Jefferson and Richie Brown. Jefferson uses his strength and initial burst to create penetration. His 10.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks lead the team. Richie Brown lead the Bulldogs in tackles for a second straight year and is an instinctive linebacker who is always around the ball.


QuickLane_Bowl_logo_WKMaryland Terrapins (6-6) vs Boston College Eagles (6-6)
1:30 CST on ESPN

Maryland Prospects
#9 RB Trey Edmunds

Boston College Prospects
#36 FB Bobby Wolford
#7 DE Harold Landry
#93 DE Kevin Kavalec
#97 DT Truman Gutapfel
#28 LB Matt Milano
#9 FS John Johnson

With both programs not being to a bowl game in several years this should lend to both teams to relish the opportunity and put for a good effort. Neither team is especially good but Maryland does bring in quarterback Perry Hills who lead the Big 10 in completion percentage facing off against a Boston College defense that ranked 8th is most yards given up.

The star of the defense is junior defensive end Harold Landry who leads the nation in sacks (15) and forced fumbled (7). Landry is an explosive end who can beat offensive tackles off the ball and the acceleration to close and finish in the backfield. I’d be surprised if you didn’t see #7 living in the Terrapins backfield.

Another name to keep an eye on is Eagles safety John Johnson who is a former cornerback now playing his second year at safety. Johnson mainly plays deep and uses his explosive leaping ability to play the ball in the air coming down with three interceptions and seven pass breakups on the season.


independence-bowl-logoNorth Carolina State Wolfpack (6-6) vs Vanderbilt Commodores
4:00 CST on ESPN2

NC State Prospects
#21 RB Matt Dayes
#1 FB Jaylen Samuels
#66 C Joseph Scelfo
#29 CB Jack Tocho

Vanderbilt Prospects
#74 LT Will Holden
#69 NT Adam Butler
#41 LB Zach Cunningham
#5 CB Torren McGaster

This game doesn’t really jump out at you as being a huge game but it does provide us with a pretty solid prospect battle. NC State is a relatively young team but has relied on running back Matt Dayes to carry the load averaging 110 yards rushing per game. Dayes is an elusive runner who can use quick cuts to make defenders miss and spring extra yards. Looking to stop him might be the best run stuffing linebacker we’ve seen in a while. Vanderbilt strongside linebacker Zach Cunningham is tremendous at either reading open lanes or stacking and shedding blockers and accelerating through to make plays at the line of scrimmage.

Cunningham is clearly the best prospect in this game and will get a chance to show what he does best, but if Dayes can give him fits or reel off a big yardage day it should only improve his stock.  A couple other names to keep an eye on is the versatile Wolfpack fullback/tight end Jaylen Samuels who is only a junior but is used in a variety of ways to exploit the defense. NC State also brings in cornerback Jack Tocho who is a four-year starter who does a lot of things good but nothing really special.

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