Bowl Previews: December 15Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Saturday (12/15) 1:00 pm EST on ESPN
Arizona vs Nevada, New Mexico Bowl
This bowl features college football’s top two rushers in terms of average yards per game. The first is Nevada junior RB Stefphon Jefferson (#25/5’11/210), a desirable framed runner who strides a bit upright. Because of that pad level, Jefferson does take some carries for a loss, but a lot of his production can be attributed to his blocking, as the junior likes to stick to his running lane. For that reason, G Chris Barker (#75/6’4/305) and long T Jeffrey Nady (#78/6’7/305) need to stick to their blocks and create push. TE Zach Sudfeld (#44/6’7/255) returned from an injury but can certainly hold his own as a blocker. Wildcats junior LB/S Marquis Flowers (#2/6’2/221) can fly around the field and makes plays in the backfield quite frequently. Nevada junior TE Kolby Arendse (#86/6’3/255) is more of an H-back type.
For Arizona, sophomore RB Ka’Deem Carey (#25/5’10/203) has come out of nowhere to lead the nation in rushing yards per game, something that is fairly uncharacteristic under head coach Rich Rodriguez. It certainly helps to have a powerful lead blocker in FB Taimi Tutogi (#31/6’1/260), who can also catch passes and occasionally take carries between the tackles. In terms of passing, QB Matt Scott (#10/6’2/195) will definitely get looks in the NFL due to his ability to buy time and hit targets accurately, like large WR Dan Buckner (#4/6’3/215). Nevada S Duke Williams (#5/6’1/200) is an intriguing third day option and is occasionally used in the slot in man coverage on quicker receivers. C Kyle Quinn (#76/6’3/294) will likely earn a draftable grade as well, and OLB Jeremiah Green (#54/6’2/235) could be a possible air backer due to his range.
junior CB Shaquille Richardson (#5/6’1/188)
G Trace Biskin (#72/6’5/282)
DB Khalid Wooten (#2/6’0/200)
Saturday (12/15) 4:30 pm EST on ESPN
Toledo vs Utah State, Idaho Potato Bowl
There may not be talent across the board in this game, but Aggies CB Will Davis (#17/6’0/186) could end up being a second day selection. We certainly feel he has that level of talent after just one full season as a starter. Toledo junior QB Terrance Owens (#2/6’4/195) uses his feet and arm to make plays, so DE Bojay Filimoeatu (#55/6’2/258) will need to keep the edge while pressing the pocket to limit functional space. Junior RB David Fluellen (#22/6’0/215) is a nice option to pick up the more difficult yards. Davis is the one to watch, however, specifically if he can contain his aggressive style while in man coverage and not overextend or guess incorrectly to lose positioning.
Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams (#25/5’8/189) has impressed many, including SI’s Tony Pauline and Scouts Inc.’s Kevin Weidl due to his “versatility.” Williams offers some straight-line burst to go along with more than capable receiving abilities. Toledo lacks veteran defenders to stop the multi-faceted back, but S Jermaine Robinson (#29/6’2/205) will need to worry about WR Chuck Jacobs (#10/6’0/178) and TE Kellen Bartlett (#81/6’2/248) as receiving targets.
junior C Zac Kerin (#67/6’5/300)
junior WR Bernard Reedy (#1/5'9/175)