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NFL Draft Watch: Saturday College Football Bowl Preview

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Bowl Season is on its way and with three post season match-ups today; here are the draft prospects whom you should be looking for...

Birmingham Bowl, Texas Tech v. South Florida, 12 PM ET on ESPN

  • Deatrick Nichols, Cornerback, South Florida: Despite being a smaller cornerback, Deatrick Nichols has been a player maker and leader on the Bulls defense for a few years now. The senior cornerback has forced 14 turnovers in the last three seasons, including 11 interceptions, and his big play skill set will come in handy today against a high powered Texas Tech offense.
  • Bruce Hector, Defensive Tackle, South Florida: Bruce Hector is on of the key pieces in the South Florida front. The 6’2”, 296 pound defender has a good first step and a high motor to generate disruption in the opponents backfield. In his last collegiate game; that motor will need to run hot to create pressure on Texas Tech’s passing game.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, San Diego State v. Army, 3:30 PM ET on ESPN

  • Rashaad Penny, Running Back, San Diego State: The nation’s leading rusher takes the field today for the last time in Aztec uniform. The 5’11”, 220 pound rusher has over 2,000 rushing yards this season with 19 touchdowns on the ground, two through the air and three more as a returner. He is a tough, athletic back who can score from anywhere on the field. He is truly among the best draft eligible backs in the country. A big performance today should leave a mark in a lot of people’s minds as he begins his offseason climb up draft boards.
  • Kameron Kelly, Defensive Back, San Diego State: With time spent at cornerback and safety; teams will be interested in Kameron Kelly’s versatility as a defender. The 6’2”, 200 pounder has great size, ball skills and has a lot of experience. While Kelly is not a top prospect; he is a guy who could get some run as a mid round sleeper.

Dollar General Bowl, Appalachian State v. Toledo, 7 PM on ESPN

  • Tee Sims, Defensive Lineman, Appalachian State: Appalachian State has been enjoying a nice stint in the FBS and their 8 win season can be attributed to some very strong defensive play. Tee Sims is a senior leader on the Mountaineers defense and plays a huge part in the unit’s success. The 6’3”, 260 pound pass rusher has a hot motor and great playing strength. While he is not an elite athlete; teams will be enamored with the level of effort he gives on the field and what he does in run defense. Toledo has a dangerous offense and Sims needs a strong game to give Appalachian State a shot at the win.