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Bowl Week: Prospect Watch #3, the Last of 2009: 12/30 - 12/31

And here is the next set of prospects for games Wednesday-Thursday. Enjoy.

ROADY'S HUMANITARIAN BOWL - Wednesday, December 30 at 4:30 PM EST (ESPN)
Bowling Green vs. Idaho

Bowling Green:
WR Freddie Barnes, 6-1 206 4.56

Idaho:
OG Mike Iupati, 6-5 330 5.20


PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL - Wednesday, December 30 at 8 PM EST (ESPN)
#20 Arizona vs. #22 Nebraska

Arizona:
DT Earl Mitchell, 6-2 295 4.94
CB Devin Ross, 5-10 176 4.43
TE Rob Gronkowski, 6-6 265 4.76 * SO

Nebraska:
DT Ndamukong Suh, 6-4 302 5.02
SS Larry Asante, 6-0 215 4.56
CB Prince Amukamara, 6-1 200 4.54 * JR
C Jacob Hickman, 6-4 292 5.29


BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL - Thursday, December 31 at 12 PM EST (ESPN)
Houston vs. Air Force

Houston:
QB Case Keenum, 6-2 210 4.76 * JR
CB Brandon Brinkley, 5-11 180 4.49

Air Force:
None.


BRUT SUN BOWL - Thursday, December 31 at 2 PM EST (CBS)
Oklahoma vs. #21 Stanford

Oklahoma:
OT Trent Williams, 6-5 318 5.30
RB Chris Brown, 5-11 200 4.54
CB Brian Jackson, 6-1 200 4.54
DT Gerald McCoy, 6-4 298 5.05 * JR
RB DeMarco Murray, 6-0 214 4.46 * JR
CB Dominique Franks, 6-0 192 4.48 * JR
DE/OLB Jeremy Beal, 6-3 260 4.73 * JR
DE Auston English, 6-3 252 4.76 (Not playing, injured)
TE Jermaine Gresham, 6-6 258 4.78 (Not playing, injured)
DT DeMarcus Granger, 6-2 327 5.08 (Not playing, injured)

Stanford:
RB Toby Gerhart, 6-1 235 4.55
TE Jim Dray, 6-5 255 4.84
DT Ekom Udofia, 6-2 315 5.18
OT Chris Marinelli, 6-7 305 5.23
CB Richard Sherman, 6-2 190 4.59


TEXAS BOWL - Thursday, December 31 at 3:30 PM EST (ESPN)
Navy vs. Missouri

Navy:
None.

Missouri
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, 6-1 245 4.59
WR Danario Alexander, 6-4 215 4.58


INSIGHT BOWL - Thursday, December 31 at 6 PM EST (NFL NETWORK)
Minnesota vs. Iowa State

Minnesota:
WR Eric Decker, 6-3 215 4.54 (Out due to injury)

Iowa State:
OG Reggie Stephens, 6-3 334 5.46


Chick-fil-A BOWL - Thursday, December 31 at 7:30 PM EST (ESPN)
#11 Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee

Virginia Tech:
FS Kam Chancellor, 6-3 230 4.58
OG Sergio Render, 6-3 313 5.26
OT Ed Wang, 6-5 309 4.95
CB Stephan Virgil, 5-11 190 4.49
CB Rashad Carmichael, 5-11 186 4.46 * JR
DE Jason Worilds, 6-2 252 4.65 * JR
P Brent Bowden, 6-3 220 4.80

Tennessee:
SS Eric Berry, 5-11 203 4.40 * JR
RB Montario Hardesty, 6-0 215 4.55
OT Chris Scott, 6-4 346 5.36
DT Dan Williams, 6-2 327 5.23
OTC:
Thanks for the listing of the various players.
  • mayo49
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Thanks, this will be my first time seeing Iupati and Trent Williams.
[ Edited by mayo63 on Dec 30, 2009 at 3:47 AM ]
Great job OTC! Ready to watch some football.
Thanks OTC, good stuff as always.
A terrific list.

I will be focusing much more attention on Iupati than before, as it looks like the possibility of T. Williams or A. Davis being on the board when the Niners are on the clock is fading away with the Panthers' winning streak.

So, Iupati may be the best OL prospect when the team is up. Both of the Niners' picks could end up middle-first rounders by the end of this Sunday. We'll know in about 4 days.

Poor Freddie Barnes. The kid is a great college player, but is going to run as slow as a snail at the combine. If I am connected to that kid in any way, I'm sending him to Florida to train with Tom Shaw tomorrow. The biggest question mark is his timed speed, and I hope he is able to prove the doubters wrong.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Dec 30, 2009 at 9:04 AM ]
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
A terrific list.

I will be focusing much more attention on Iupati than before, as it looks like the possibility of T. Williams or A. Davis being on the board when the Niners are on the clock is fading away with the Panthers' winning streak.

So, Iupati may be the best OL prospect when the team is up. Both of the Niners' picks could end up middle-first rounders by the end of this Sunday. We'll know in about 4 days.

Poor Freddie Barnes. The kid is a great college player, but is going to run as slow as a snail at the combine. If I am connected to that kid in any way, I'm sending him to Florida to train with Tom Shaw tomorrow. The biggest question mark is his timed speed, and I hope he is able to prove the doubters wrong.

You know, I'm beginning to think that Iupati has a shot of being taken in the teens, especially if teams think he can move to tackle, but even if they don't I still can see it happening.

OG Ruben Brown was drafted 14th overall and made 8 consecutive Pro Bowls, 9 altogether, and was a 4-time All-Pro. Pretty dang good if you ask me.

Interior lineman, over time, have been deemed the safest picks in the draft.

Here are the most notable other "more recent" picks in the teens or earlier that have been guards:

- Shawn Andrews (PHI), 16th Overall
- Leonard Davis (ARI), 2nd Overall
- Steve Hutchinson (SEA), 17th Overall
- Damien Woody (NE), 17th Overall
- Luke Petitgout (NYG, 19th Overall
- Chris Naeole (NO), 10th Overall

If teams believe Iupati is on that level, I can see it happening.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Dec 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM ]
  • mayo49
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Clock, how do you think Iupati would do as a right tackle? Or is he mainly a guard? If he can convert, I don't see why we wouldn't take him with one of our firsts.
I'll blog this game for awhile.

First series for Idaho-Bowling Green game.

Idaho- three and out. First two plays, Iupati throws the defender to the ground (DE and LB). Third down, doubled up on DT.

Barnes first punt return- minus two yards. However, on a blown coverage, Barnes scores on a long TD catch (maybe 35 yards). Four catches for all-time record for receptions in one season.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Dec 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM ]
Second Idaho series. Iupati pulls right on first two plays and throws player to the ground both times. Really strong. Third play, blows out DT for a huge hole up the middle and big run. Fourth play blows DT straight downfield. Good gain. Fifth play, pulls right, chips DE then runs upfield and consumes LB for long run. Sixth play, pulled right again, and blocks into back of RT. Missed opportunity to hit LB. Seventh play, pulls right and pass blocks DE who is rushing the QB. Almost holds. TD.

Very dominating series. Likes to throw players around like rag dolls.

Note: Announcer stated that the Idaho line coach stated that in 40 years of coaches, he's never met a better kid. High character kid.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Dec 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM ]
Second series for Bowling Green.

First catch by Barnes on quick hitch- 2 yards.
Second catch by Barnes, deep out- 41 yards.
Barnes lines up as Wildcat QB and hands off.
Shovel pass caught for 2 yards. Corrected another player at the LOS who was not close enough to the LOS.

Barnes ties all time record with his fourth catch of the game. BG field goal blocked.
Third series for Idaho.

First play, Iupati takes DT down the field for a 5 yard ride. Second, doubles up on DT on pass play. Third play, doubles DT on pass play.

Barnes fumbles punt. BG recovers.
BG third series.
Barnes first catch- 7 yard quick out. Breaks record for all time catches.

BG punts.
Fourth Idaho series:
First play- Iupati matched up one-on-one on pass play. Man stood straight up.
Second play- Iupati nicely slides to the right and picks up LB blitz. Good play.
Third play- Iupati pass blocks right. Man not close to QB.

Three and out. Idaho punt out of bounds. No return for Barnes.

BG scores on long TD run.

Fifth Idaho series-
First play- Iupati man-up with DT, blows him right and creates huge running lane for nice 8 yard run up the middle.
Second play- Drives DT right and out of the play. Ball carrier runs through hole.
Third down (short yardage): Drives DT off the line for first down.
Fourth play- Quick hitch. Man stood straight up.
Fifth play- Pass play. Stood DT straight up.
Sixth play- Same as 5th play.

Punt to end zone. No Barnes return.
BG- 12:00 left in 2nd quarter

First pass to Barnes- quick out- 7 yard gain. CB playing him nearly every down about 8 yards away from the LOS.
Second catch- ran hook pattern, play broke down, drifted to the sideline, and caught the ball for 8 yards and first down along the sideline.
Third catch- runs square in, reaches down and snatches the ball away from the turf for an 8 yard gain. VERY good catch.

Barnes in Wildcat, throws shovel pass for one yard gain, not enough on fourth down play.