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The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 4

With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.

Round 4

103. Arizona Cardinals: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

McLaurin used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. His 4.35 is certainly a bonus.

104. San Francisco 49ers: Ty Summers, ILB, TCU

Summers has sideline-to-sideline range and is effective playing in space.
Photo: TCU Athletics

Summers wrapped up his college career with the second-most tackles (318) in the Patterson era. He had a frustrating senior season with an injury, but finished the season with 46 tackles, including 5 1/2 for loss and four sacks.

105. New York Jets: Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State

Like his teammate Roemer, Pope is a big mauler type that can help clear lanes inthe run game.

106. Oakland Raiders: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

True, Gruden prefers veterans, however, for a fourth round pick – Finley does possess the intelligence Gruden appreciates in a QB.

107. Tampa Buccaneers: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma

Samia is a passionate, fiery, player. He’ll push Alex Cappa for playing time.

108. New York Giants: Jimmy Moreland, DB, James Madison

Small school prospects who held his own in the East-West Shrine game.

109. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Carney, OLB, North Carolina

North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Malik Carney (53) is best coming off the edge.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carney could be a blitzing linebacker, but can also play with his hand in the dirt; twenty-four TFL and 11.5 sacks in the last two years.

110. Cincinnati Bengals: Yosh Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech

Cincinnati adds depth, as Nijman has experience playing left and right tackle.

111. Detroit Lions: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

Omenihu had a good Senior Bowl week. He’s big and strong end that will help stop the run.

112. Buffalo Bills: Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State

Ferguson gives Allen a big target (6′ 5″/227) with 4.4 speed.

113. Baltimore Ravens (via Den): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Sanders has worked diligently over the past year to become stronger, quicker, faster, and just overall better. His workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, prove he can do what he sets his mind to accomplish. North-South runner that spring it from between the tackles. Has experience as a return man. Has good upside. Needs to be a better blocker.

114. Green Bay Packers: Will Harris, S, Boston College

Boston College’s Will Harris has played in 47 games during his career.
Photo: Jeremy Brevard|USA TODAY Sports

Hard hitting safety from Boston College, Harris was a four-year starter. Harris can blitz, cover receivers, and put the screws to a running back. Also adds special teams experience.

115. Carolina Panthers: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Carolina picks up a athletic back-up to Newton. Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.

116. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State

Performed well at the Combine, Senior Bowl and on his Pro Day.

117. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte

Davis has started close to 40 games at tackle for Charlotte, but will most likely move inside at the next level. His footwork, technique and mobility are his strengths.

118. Green Bay Packers (via Was): David Long, Jr., LB, West Virgina

Long is a big play waiting to happen. He loves physical contact and tries to separate ball carriers from the ball. Generally, trusts what he sees, but can be overly aggressive at times.

119. Cleveland Browns: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting has loose hips and quick feet.
Photo: Central Michigan University Athletics.

In three-years, Bunting had 104 tackles with 9 ints and 4 fourced fumbles.

120. Minnesota Vikings: Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State

Hanks is a guy the Vikings have had an eye on. He was a standout at the Senior bowl. His speed really stood out.

121. Tennessee Titans: Blake Cashman, OLB, Minnesota

Cashman turned heads by declaring early for the draft. Known for his football IQ more than his athleticism, his Combine number were very solid. Was a tone-setter for the Gopher’s defense. Has the fame to get bigger.

122. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Montgomery breaks a lot of tackles and makes yards after contact.

123. Baltimore Ravens: Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest

Haynes is one of the strong-powerful inside guys that will help your running game. Four year starter that has only gotten bigger and stronger each year. Team captain. Athletic and durable mauler.

124. Seattle Seahawks: Hjalte Froholdt, OG, Arkansas

From Svendborg, Denmark, Froholdt is still learning the nuances of the game. Plays penalty free football. Has played a little center, but mostly right guard. Has good combination of strength and short area quickness.

125. Denver Broncos (via Hou): Kingley Keke, DT, Texas A&M

Keke is one of those players who stood out over Senior Bowl week. He gets his power from his lower body and likes to pin his ears back and go forward. He’s another guy who can play up and down the line. Good coaching will add more tools to his belt as he goes along.

126. Chicago Bears: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

Boyd has 35 passes defended in his career at Texas.
Photo: burnt orange nation

Experienced corner with over 50 games played. Plays the physical style Chicago loves.

127. Philadelphia Eagles: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

Has good burst off the line. Uses his long arms to punch and has a variety of hand techniques. Shows good bend and understands leverage. Played with a talented group and didn’t need to be the star – but understood his role in the scheme.

128. Dallas Cowboys: Kano Dillon, TE, Oregon

Dillon arrived in Oregon as a grad-transfer from South Flordia. He is certainly one of the more physically intriguing tight end prospects in the 2019 draft class. If a team decides to invest in his measurables, he could become a better pro than college player.

129. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

Redwine had a good Senior Bowl showing and a good Combine too. He’s a well-built safety will good field awareness. Can cover well enough to stay on the field and fill the slot. His versatility will be an asset.

130. Los Angeles Chargers: Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo

Under appreciated wide out from Toledo, Johnson gets out of his breaks smoothly and catches the ball fluidly. He can double as a return specialist.

131. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Sheriff Miller, DE, Penn State

Miller is quick off the snap. He’s had a lot of looks in the off-season.

132. New York Giants (via NO): Olisaemaka “Oli” Udoh, OT, Elon

Udoh was a first team FCS All-American.
Photo: The Athletic

Udoh looked good at the East-West Shrine game week, holding his own against FBS competition. Very long and rangy, looks like a right tackle.

133. Los Angeles Rams: Marvel Tell, S, USC

Tell hasn’t received the press some of the other safeties have, but he’s got good quickness. Tall and lanky, yet muscular. Can go sideline-to-sideline and would make a good high (or free) safety at the next level.

134. New England Patriots: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Very good in pass protection which will help him get on the field. Can catch out of the backfield. Anderson doesn’t waste any motion, he goes straight to the hole. Has vision to see crease, gets skinny, and slide out the other side. Good feet in space.Tends to fall forward.

**Compensatory selections begin**

135. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin

Connelly has been recovering from a core muscle injury, but still showed well at the NFL Combine. He did everything but the bench press. Connelly is assignment sound. He is athletic enough to stay on the field for all three downs. He plays disciplined football. Lunch bucket kind of player.

136. Dallas Cowboys: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

There’s always one or two players who slip through the cracks. Johnson is tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s a former wide receiver turned CB. He is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one.

137. Atlanta Falcons: Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

Fleet-footed Wes Hills of Slippery Rock showcased his patience, physicality, and vision at the NFLPA game.

138. Philadelphia Eagles: Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan

For his career, Higdon totaled 2,616 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Cornerbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked CBs

There’s some good depth in this cornerback class. Two prospects that jump out immediately are Greedy Williams and Jamel Dean for their 4.3 speed. After that, there will be stiff competition to see who comes off the board first of the next four – a really good group there. The next tier has about 16-18 players in it, going anywhere from the late second round to fifth round. Overall, a solid class.

Red Shirt Sophomore Greedy Williams will be a top pick in April’s draft.
Photo:  NOLA.com

1. Andraez “Greedy” Williams, LSU, 6-2/185

Williams is a redshirt sophomore brimming with potential. He possesses 4.37 speed and great length. He’s a ball-hawk and a gamer; he dares you to challenge him. He’s got some technical issues to be ironed out, but good coaching will cure the ills … as they say, you can’t teach speed.

2. Jamel Dean, Auburn, 6-1/206

Dean ran a blazing 4.3 at the Combine. He’s a man-on-man cover corner that mirrors very well and rides the hip of his opponent. Dean’s had several knee surgeries during his career, but if his medical evaluation is good, there’s no reason to believe he won’t go this high.

3. Julian Love, Notre Dame, 5-11/195

Is a leader on the field. He thick bodied and not afraid of contact. He’s not going to be flashy, like Williams, but Love will be steady, consistent and reliable. He is patient and doesn’t over-react. Trusts his eyes.

4. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple, 6-0/192

A transfer from Presbyterian to Temple, Rock Ya-Sin is the best name in football. Had a good week at the Senior Bowl. Plays aggressively. Likes to drape receivers, but isn’t a penalty waiting to happen. Tough, physical player who should, with good coaching, excel at man coverage.

5. Byron Murphy, Washington, 5-11/190

Looked like the best CB on the field during drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. His change of direction was smooth and his hip fluid. A good tackler. Has plenty of upside.

6. DeAndre Baker, Georgia, 5-11/193

Like Love, Baker is a solid wrap-up tackler. He loves to play up close and challenge receivers, but his lack of long speed may indicate a move from outside to the slot at the next level.

7. Isaiah Johnson, Houston, 6-2/208

Johnson is another tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s also a former wide receiver turned CB. Like Ya-Sin, Johnson is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one. Might not start right way, but will get his fair share of reps until he can take over.

8. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky, 6-2/213

Excels at playing man-off. Has nice fluid backpedal and smooth hips. Can mirror receiver, using his long frame to his advantage. Flashes physicality and hit power coming downhill. Tracks ball well in the air.

9. Justin Layne, Michigan State, 6-2/192

A former wide receiver that understands the route tree. Has good instincts and light feet. How shown explosiveness and good closing speed. Has long arms and likes to play man-to-man. Solid tackler.

10. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-4/211

There just are not that many 6′ 4″ corners. And with receiver getting taller and taller, teams are taking a good long look at Joejuan Williams of Vanderbilt. HC Derek Mason compared Williams to Richard Sherman. Likes to press and plays best close to the line of scrimmage.

11. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, 6-2/205

Oruwariye possesses quick feet and fluid hips. He trusts his eyes and generally has a clear understanding of what the offense is trying to do. He shows good hand-eye coordination. Isn’t afraid to make a tackle.

12. David Long, Michigan, 5-11/196

Long’s strength is his ability to mirror receivers in the short area, making him ideal in the slot. Has excellent lateral agility, good closing speed, and good recovery skills. Can match up well against bigger receivers too.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Kris Boyd, Texas, 5-11/203
  2. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan, 6-0/195
  3. Jordan Brown, So. Dakota State, 6-0/201
  4. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson, 6-1/199
  5. Iman Marshall, USC, 6-1/207
  6. Michael Jackson, Miami, 6-1/210
  7. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State, 5-11/190
  8. Corey Ballentine, Washburn, 5-11/196
  9. Ken Webster, Mississippi, 5-11/203
  10. Derrek Thomas, Baylor, 6-3/189
  11. Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, 5-11/175
  12. Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan, 5-11/187
  13. Mark Fields, Clemson, 5-10/192
  14. Jordan Miller, Washington, 6-1/186
  15. Ka’dar Hollman, Toledo, 6-0/190
  16. Alijah Holder, Stanford, 6-1/191
  17. Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State, 6-3/212
  18. Dylan Mabin, Fordham, 6-0/196
  19. Dante Redwood, Mercyhurst, 5-9/186
  20. Shakial Taylor, Kansas, 5-11/175
  21. Devante Davis, Texas, 6-2/202
  22. Saivion Smith, Alabama, 6-1/199
  23. Donnie Lewis, Tulane, 6-0/195
  24. Tim Harris, Virginia, 6-2/205
  25. Derrick Baity, Kentucky, 6-2/197
  26. Rashan Fenton, So. Carolina, 5-11/193
  27. Chris Westry, Kentucky, 6-4/199
  28. Brandon Watson, Michigan, 6-11/198
  29. Blessuan Austin, Rutgers, 6-1/198
  30. Montre Hartage, Northwestern, 6-11/190
  31. Blace Brown, Troy, 6-0/194
  32. Duke Shelley, Kansas State, 5-9/180
  33. Jamalcolm Liggins, Dickinson State, 6-2/205

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

The FCS Bowl

The FCS Bowl is one of the early postseason all-star games for draft-eligible college football players. The game is played as a doubleheader with the National Bowl.


  DEC 9, 2018 | DAYTONA BEACH, FL

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NATIONAL TEAM  (Blue)

Coach: Mike Stock

QB:  Glen Cuiellette, Texas Southern, 6-0, 220; Domonique Harris, Benedict College, 6-4, 240; T.J. Linta, Wagner, 6-4, 232; Michael O’Connor, British Columbia, 6-5, 230

RB:  Brycen Alleyen, Deleware State, 5-6, 165; Ryan Fulse, Wagner, 5-11, 202; Jachin Watkins, Johnson C. Smith, 6-0, 220; Isaiah Johnson, Eastern Illinois, 6-0, 210

Jachin Watkins displayed some of his untapped potential during the week.

FB: Nicholas Edmond, Morrisville State College, 5-10, 240

WR: Bryan Miller, Benedictine, 5-9, 183; Maurice Thomas, Alderson Broaddus, 5-8, 175; Aaron Blockman, Campbell, 6-0, 210; Kaian Duverger, UV-Wise, 6-6, 214; Daniel Lindsey, Chareston Southern, 5-7, 176; Terron Selby, Delaware State, 5-10, 175; Richard Johnson, East Texas Baptist, 6-3, 210; Darien Townsend, Marian, 5-9, 180; Marquese Surrell, Adams State, 6-2, 175; Dashawn Davis, Presbyterian, 5-8, 163

OT: Noah Beh, Delaware, 6-6, 295; Josiah Tonu, So Oregon, 6-6, 310; Israel Helms, Wayne State, 6-5, 313

OG: Loubens Polinice, Florida A&M, 6-3, 290; DaQuan Brown, Johnson C. Smith, 6-2, 342; Hunter Sallila, Merrimack College, 6-3, 296

OC:  Matthew Pyke, ETSU, 6-2, 300; Justin Brown, Benedict College, 6-3, 330

K: Jack Soslow, Penn, 6-3, 195

DE: Niykiem Floyd, Fort Valley State, 6-3, 258; Brandon Varner, Grambling, 6-3, 268; Chase DeMoor, Central Washington, 6-5, 250; Caleb Wells, Grambling, 6-6, 245

DT: Zachary Cannon, Johnson C. Smith, 6-3, 315; Linwood Banks, Grambling, 6-0, 295; Connor Christian, Jacksonville State, 6-3, 275; Vince Char, Widener, 6-3, 300

OLB: Jibreel Hazly, Florida A&M, 6-0, 227; Solomon Brown, Charleston Southern, 6-1, 235; Jerry Ihew, Ferris State, 6-3, 220

ILB: Miacah Cooper II, Elizabeth State, 6-1, 240

CB: Gilbert Gildersleeve, Angelo State, 5-41, 183; Tyler Hasty, Central Washington, 6-0, 200; Keyjuan Selby, Delaware State, 5-10, 175; Sidney Lawson, Jr., Saint Augustine’s, 5-10, 170

S: Kurron Ramsey, Alabama State, 6-3, 203; Dylan Hamilton, Alabama A&M, 6-1, 195; Wesley Bean, Marist, 5-10, 195; Thomas Oporto, Jacksonville, 6-1, 205

P:  Matt Shiel, Mercer, 5-11, 210

LS: Jordan Laube, Bryant, 6-2. 205

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AMERICAN TEAM 

Coach: Preston McKnight

QB: Vincent Espinoza, Lincoln University, 6-3, 205; Colin McGovern, Stetson, 6-1, 200; Tyler Harris, Rhode Island, 6-4, 235; Lawson Page, Morehead State, 6-2, 225

RB: Damon Cox, No Alabama, 5-10, 207; Cedric Battle, Central Arkansas, 5-10, 190; Brad Woodard, Texas Southern, 5-8, 185

TSU’s Woodard had 125 all-purpose yards in the game.
Photo: TSU Athletics

WR: Prince Gray, Jacksonville, 5-10, 190; Jordan Fuchs, Friends University, 6-6, 220; Demetris Anderson, Kentucky State, 6-0, 180; Javarrius Cheatham, Tuskegee, 6-4, 185; Marque Northington, Southeastern, 5-8, 180; Griffin Norberg, Valparaiso, 6-2, 225; Malique Jackson, Bethune-Cookman, 5-11, 180; D’erren Wilson, Wagner, 6-3, 205; Quinn McElfresh, Mississippi Valley State, 6-3, 215

TE: Devante Jimenez, Bethel, 6-6, 260; Marvin Fanfan, Virginia Union, 6-2, 250

OT: Thomas Dennis, Penn, 6-5, 305; Kristopher Wilson, Virginia State, 6-4, 310; Shamdu Nalls, Virginia Union, 6-5, 315

OG: Jacob Dempsey, Jacksonville, 6-2, 300; DeAndre Greer, Minnesota-Duluth, 5-11, 290

OC: Justin Martinez, Winston Salem, 6-3, 300; John Yarbrough, Richmond, 6-5. 300

K: Coleman Fisher, Mercer, 6-1, 190

DE: Voris Bryant, Fort Valley State, 6-3, 215; Justice Bishop, Union College, 6-2, 235; Jaylin Dailey, No Alabama, 6-1, 255; Kevin Thompson, Bethune-Cookman, 6-3, 250; Rickym Holmes, Benedict College, 6-8, 285

DT: Nicholas Flores, Morehead State, 5-11, 290; Charles Williams, Benedict College, 6-4, 300; Zane Smith, Stetson, 6-3, 295

OLB: Michael Toran, Johnson C. Smith, 5-11, 215; Joshua Amanfo, No Alabama, 6-0, 215; James Gilleylen, UT-Martin, 6-2, 230; Todney Evans, Bethune-Cookman, 6-3, 230

ILB: Clifford Clark, West Liberty, 6-2, 235; Trenton Bridges, Bethune-Cookman, 6-1, 240

CB: Raphael Lewis, Houston Baptist, 6-0, 182; Malik Brown, Henderson State, 6-1, 190; Orlando McKinley, Florida A&M, 5-9, 165; Andrew Whittier, Idaho State, 5-7, 165; Quron Hall, Shaw, 6-0, 194

S: George Parker, Chowan, 6-2, 190; Garrett Jackson, Adams State, 6-1. 183; Joshua Simmons, Limestone College, 6-0, 196; Basir Wright, Johnson C. Smith, 6-0, 195

P: Alex Ng, Valparaiso, 6-0, 215

LS: Olay Dziekan, UW-Stout, 6-0, 200

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The 2018 FCS Bowl | Daytona Beach, Florida

Final Score: AMERICAN 38 | NATIONAL 37

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OVERALL MVP: VINCENT ESPINOZA, QB,  LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
LINEMAN MVP: JOHN YARBROUGH, OL, RICHMOND
SPECIAL TEAMS MVP:JACK SOSLOW, KICKER, PENN

NATIONAL TEAM OFFENSIVE MVP: ISAIAH JOHNSON, RB/RS, EASTERN ILLINOS
NATIONAL TEAM DEFENSIVE MVP:  KEYJUAN SELBY, DB, DELAWARE STATE

AMERICAN TEAM OFFENSIVE MVP: BRAD WOODARD, RB, TEXAS SOUTHERN
AMERICAN TEAM DEFENSIVE MVP: JAYLIN DAILEY, DL/OLB, NORTH ALABAMA

2019 Tropical Bowl

The Tropical Bowl is one of the postseason all-star games for draft-eligible college football players.

JAN 13, 2019 | DAYTONA BEACH, FL

Video Preview: Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt “The Czar of the Playbook”

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NATIONAL TEAM 

QB:  Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1, 210; Malik Rosier, Miami, 6-1, 215; Vincent Espinoza, Lincoln University (PA), 6-3, 210

RB:  Brad Woodard (WR/KR/PR), Texas Southern, 5-8, 185; Madre London, Tenneessee, 6-1, 218; Isaiah Johnson (KR), Eastern Illinois, 5-11, 215

Isaiah Johnson averaged 7.2 yards per carry in 2018.
Photo: Eastern Illinois Athletics

FB: Kendrick Igbinoba, Adams State, 6-2, 245

WR: Floyd Allen (PR/KR), Mississippi, 5-11, 195; Sean Modster (PR), Boise State, 5-11, 188; Aaron Blockman (KR), Campbell, 6-1, 210; Demetris Anderson (KR), Kentucky State, 6-0, 180; Jonathan Boone, New Mexico State, 6-3, 195; Marquise Irvin (PR), Mercer, 6-2, 215; Workpeh Kofa, UNC Charlotte, 6-0, 205; Mykel Traylor-Bennett, Akron, 6-3, 227

TE:  Jody Fortson (TE), Valdosta State, 6-6, 225; Nic Weishar, Notre Dame, 6-5, 240; Mavin Saunders, Kansas, 6-5, 265

OT:  Garrett McGhin, East Carolina, 6-6, 310; Aaron Monteiro, Boston College, 6-7, 318; Brock Ruble, Toledo, 6-8, 325; Israel Helms, Wayne State, 6-5, 305; Nathanael Jacobson, UNLV, 6-5, 295

OG: Abdul Beecham, Kansas State, 6-3, 315; Dwayne Wallace, Kansas, 6-5, 330; Caleb Adams, UW-Stout, 6-3, 300

OC:  Matt Pyke (LS), ETSU, 6-1, 301; Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2, 305

K: Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota, 6-0. 200

DE: Dewayne Hendrix, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 265; Walter Brady, Akron, 6-3, 265; Anthony Waller (LB), Arkansas-Monticello, 6-2, 240; Vincent Jackson, UCF, 6-3, 250; Bryson Bridges (LB), San Jose State, 6-2, 255; Chuck Harris, Buffalo, 6-4. 267; Walvenski Aime, Florida State, 6-5, 275; Rickym Holmes, Benedict College, 6-8, 275; Hunter Synder, Florida Atlantic, 6-6, 270

DT: Rashad Brandon, Missouri, 6-2, 300; Brandon Varner, Grambling, 6-3, 268; Fredrick Jones, Florida State, 6-2, 310; Kenny Bigalow, WV, 6-4, 300; Boogie Roberts, San Jose State, 6-2, 300; Connor Christian, Jacksonville State, 6-2, 276; John Jackson, Southern Oregon, 6-2, 280; Alec Heldreth, Clarion, 6-4, 280

OLB: Elijah Zeise, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 235; Bryson Allen-Williams, So Carolina, 6-1, 230; Brain Bell, Akron, 6-3, 235; Christian Hancock, Marshall, 6-1, 230; Jerry Iweh, Fairmont State, 6-3, 225; Trenton Bridges, Bethune-Cookman, 6-1, 235

ILB: Patrick Natrez, Georgia, 6-3, 242; Christopher Woolbright, UAB, 6-2, 240; Juwon Young, Marshall, 6-2, 250; Brain Lipscomb, Kansas, 6-2, 240

CB: Keenan Johnson, UCF, 5-11, 187; Herb Miller, Florida Atlantic, 6-2, 190; Gilbert Gildersleeve, Angelo State, 5-10, 180; Nicholas Watson, Houston, 6-1, 200; Cam Lewis, Buffalo, 5-1, 188

S: Dah-Quan Edrington, Virginia-Lynchburg, 6-2, 205; Nick Coleman, Notre Dame, 6-0, 191; Aaron Williams, Nebraska, 5-10, 185; Ron LaForce, New Mexico State, 6-0, 185; J.T. Hassell, Florida Tech, 5-11, 200

P: Devan Dyer, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 220

LS: Kyle Vasey, Penn State, 6-3, 250

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AMERICAN TEAM 

QB: Thomas Linta, Wagner, 6-4, 232; Tanner Mangum, BYU, 6-3. 210; Gus Ragland, Miami (OH), 6-1, 218

RB: Emanual Jones, Concordia-St. Paul, 6-0, 210; Ryan Fulse, Wagner, 5-10, 199; Alonzo Smith, Miami (OH), 5-10, 210; Reggie Gallaspy II, NC State, 5-11, 235

Wagner’s Ryan Fulse has rushed for 3,090 yards in two seasons.
Photo: Wagner Athletics

WR:  Prince Gray (KR/PR), Jacksonville, 5-10, 190; Jaelan Austin, TCU, 6-2, 205; Jamarius Way, So Alabama, 6-4, 215; Ryeshene Bronson, USF, 6-3, 207; Tyre McCants, USF, 5-11, 240; Tevon Isom, West Georgia, 6-1, 209; Isaiah Harper (KR), Old Dominion, 5-9, 178; Kaian Duverger, UAV-Wise, 6-6, 212; Scott Miller (RS), Bowling Green, 5-10, 170; Luke Timiam (PR), Indiana, 6-0, 195; Kwadarrius Smith (RS), Akron, 5-9, 171; Ryan Schadler (KR) Kansas, 5-11, 192; Quinn McElfresh (PR), Mississippi Valley State, 6-3, 220

TE: Nate Becker, Miami (OH), 6-5, 265; Justin Johnson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 238

OT: Layth Friekh, Arizona, 6-5, 300; Thomas Dennis, Penn, 6-5, 305; Noah Beh, Delaware, 6-5, 298; Benjamin Knox, Colorado State, 6-6, 315; Arthur Williams, Florida State, 6-4, 320

OG: Jeremy Hickey, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 305; Shamdu Nalls, Virginia Union, 6-4, 315; Breontae Matthews, NC A&T, 6-4, 320; Dougladson Subtyl, Arizona State, 6-5, 267

OC: John Yarbrough, Richmond, 6-5, 300; Byron Glass, Austin Peay, 6-2, 295

K: Bryan Wyatt, Colorado State, 6-1, 180

DE: Chase DeMoor, Central Washington, 6-5, 250; Anthony Luke, San Diego State, 6-4, 260; Jaylin Dailey, No Alabama, 6-1, 255; Kevin Strong, Jr., UTSA, 6-3, 290; Juwan Wells, Liberty, 6-2, 270; Jordan Pryce, Carson Newman, 6-3, 260

DT: Zachary Cannon, Johnson C. Smith, 6-3, 313; Walter Palmore, Missouri, 6-4, 320; Brandon Vocco, Clarion, 6-1, 305; Zane Smith, Stetson, 6-3, 295; Antoine White, SUNY-Albany, 6-2, 308; DeShawnte Lloyd, New Mexico State, 6-1, 316; Eldrick Wilson, Mars Hill, 6-2, 295

OLB: Andrew Dowell, Michigan State, 6-1, 227; Ahmad Gooden (DE), Samford, 6-2, 250; Solomon Brown, Charleston Southern, 6-1, 235; Ronley Lakalaka, San Diego State, 6-0, 230; Willie Green, Prairie View A&M, 6-3, 255

ILB: Detric Bing-Dukes, Mississippi, 6-1, 245; Jim Jones IV, Kent State, 6-2, 228;  Anthony Flory, Appalachian State, 6-2, 235

CB: DeMarcus Owens, New Mexico State, 6-9, 194; Kurron Ramsey, Alabama State, 6-3, 203; Joshua Simmons, Limestone College, 5-11, 190; Marvin Conley (KR/PR), West Florida, 5-9, 185; Darryl Randolph, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, 190; Jerome Smith, Georgia State, 5-10, 180; Jamon “Mook” Reynolds, TX A&M-Commerece, 6-1, 185; Joeal Williams, Houston, 5-11, 188

S: Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech, 5-10, 190; Tre Neal, Nebraska, 6-1, 210; Illya Lawrence, So Alabama, 6-0, 200; Chris Rayford, Mississippi State, 5-11, 203

P: Andrew Zecca, St. Francis, 6-3, 200

LS: Timothy O’Donnell, New Mexico State, 5-10, 240

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The 2019 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl | Daytona Beach, Florida

Final Score: AMERICAN 26 | NATIONAL 16

OVERALL MVP: Jaelen Austin, WR, TCU

Lineman MVP: Dwayne Wallace, OL, Kansas

Special Teams MVP: Ryan Schadler, WR/KR, Kansas

National Team Offensive MVP: Isaiah Johnson, RB, Eastern Illinois

National Team Defensive MVP: Ron LaForce, S, New Mexico State

American Team Offensive MVP: Justin Johnson, TE, Mississippi State

American Team Defensive MVP: Jim Jones IV, ILB, Kent State

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

Rosters for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl were released on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The game will be played on Saturday, January 26th.

Football Gameplan with Emory Hunt “The Czar of the Playbook”

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SOUTH TEAM

Coached by: San Francisco 49ers

QB: Will Grier, 6-2, 223, West Virginia; Tyree Jackson, 6-7, 245, Buffalo; Gardner Minshew II, 6-2, 220, Washington State; Jarrett Stidham, 6-3, 215, Auburn

RB: Ryquell Armstead, 5-11, 215, Temple; Bruce Anderson, 5-11, 211, No Dakota State; Wes Hills, 6-2, 218, Slippery Rock

Being named the MVP of the NFLPA Bowl got Hills a ticket to the Sr. Bowl.
Photo: Slippery Rock Athletics

FB: Trevon Wesco, 6-4, 274, West Virginia

WR: Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3, 206; Travis Fulgham, 6-3, 215, Old Dominion; Anthony Johnson, 6-2, 210, Buffalo; Hunter Renfrow, 5-10, 180, Clemson; Deebo Samuel, 6-0, 210, South Carolina; David Sills V, 6-4, 210, West Virginia; Gary Jennings, 6-1, 210, West Virginia

TE: Foster Moreau, LSU, 6-6, 256; Josh Oliver, 6-5, 250, San Jose State; Dax Raymond, 6-5, 250, Utah State

OT: Oli Udoh, Elon, 6-5, 356; Dennis Daley, 6-6, 324, South Carolina; Andre Dillard, 6-5, 306, Washington State; Tytus Howard, 6-6, 311, Alabama State

OG: B.J. Autry, 6-5, 340, Jacksonville State; Ben Powers, 6-4, 313, Oklahoma; Dru Samia, 6-5, 303, Oklahoma; Javon Patterson, 6-3, 314, Mississippi

OC: Elgton Jenkins, 6-4, 316, Mississippi State; Ross Pierschbacher, 6-4, 309, Alabama

K: Cole Tracy, 5-11, 188, LSU

DE: Jaylon Ferguson, 6-5, 262, Louisiana Tech; Carl Granderson, 6-5, 261; Wyoming; Jonathan Ledbetter, 6-4, 280, Georgia; Oshane Ximines, 6-4, 255; Old Dominion; Montez Sweat, 6-6, 245, Mississippi State

Sweat has been showing out at the Senior Bowl.
Photo: MSU Athletics

DT: Isaiah Buggs, 6-2, 286, Alabama; Dontavius Russell, 6-3, 320, Auburn;  Kingsley Keke, 6-4, 305, Texas A&M; Daylon Mack, 6-1, 320, Texas A&M; Demarcus Christmas, 6-4, 305, Florida State

OLB: Terrill Hanks, 6-2, 230, New Mexico State; Gerri Green, 6-4, 255, Mississippi State; Sione Takitaki, 6-2, 230, BYU

ILB: Bobby Okereke, 6-3, 234, Stanford; David Long, Jr., 5-11, 221, West Virginia; Deshaun Davis, 5-11, 246, Auburn

CB: Isaiah Johnson, 6-4, 203, Houston; Lonnie Johnson Jr., 6-3, 206, Kentucky; Rock Ya-Sin, 6-2, 190, Temple; Shedrick Redwine, 6-1, 195, Miami; Mark Fields, 5-11, 180, Clemson; Jimmy Moreland, 5-11, 175, James Madison

S: Johnathan Abram, 6-0, 215, Mississippi State; Mike Edwards, 6-0, 201, Kentucky; Juan Thornhill, 6-0, 210, Virginia; Darius West, 6-0, 210, Kentucky; Jaquan Johnson, 5-11, 195, Miami

P: Jake Bailey, 6-2, 202, Stanford

LS: Nick Moore, 6-3, 250, Georgia

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NORTH TEAM

Coached by: Oakland Raiders

QB: Ryan Finley, 6-4, 212, North Carolina State; Trace McSorley, 6-0, 203, Penn State; Drew Lock, 6-4, 225, Missouri; Daniel Jones, 6-5, 220, Duke

RB: Karan Higdon, 5-10, 202, Michigan; Dexter Williams, 5-11, 215, Notre Dame; Tony Pollard, 5-11, 200, Memphis

Michigan’s Karan Higdon is looking to power his way up the draft boards.
Photo: AP/Paul Sancya

FB: Alec Ingold, 6-2, 242, Wisconsin

WR: Alex Wesley, 6-0, 184, Northern Colorado; Penny Hart, 5-8, 180, Georgia State; Terry McLaurin, 6-1, 204, Ohio State, 6-1, 204; Keelan Doss, 6-3, 206, UC Davis; Andy Isabella, 5-10, 195, UMass; Jaylen Smith, 6-4, 220, Louisville; Jakobi Meyers, 6-2, 203, NC State

TE: Donald Parham, 6-8, 240, Stetson; Drew Sample, 6-5, 251, Washington; Tommy Sweeney, 6-5, 260, Boston College

OT: Kaleb McGary, 6-8, 324, Washington; Dalton Risner, 6-5, 308, Kansas State; Max Scharping, 6-6, 320, Northern Illinois; Chuma Edoga, 6-4, 295, USC

OG: Chris Lindstrom, 6-4, 310, Boston College; Nate Davis, 6-3, 311, Charlotte; Mike Deiter, 6-6, 310, Wisconsin; Beau Benzschawel, 6-6, 315, Wisconsin

OC: Garrett Bradbury, 6-3, 300, North Carolina State; Eric McCoy, 6-4, 315, Texas A&M

K: Austin Seibert, 5-9, 214, Oklahoma

DE: John Cominsky, 6-5, 275, Charleston; Zach Allen, 6-5, 285, Boston College; L.J. Collier, 6-4, 276, TCU; Charles Omenihu, 6-6, 275, Texas; Bryon Cowart, 6-4, 293, Maryland; Jalen Jelks, 6-6, 245, Oregon; Anthony Nelson, 6-7, 271, Iowa

DT: Greg Gaines, 6-2, 310, Washington; Khalen Saunders, 6-2, 310, Western Illinois; Renell Wren, 6-6, 297, Arizona State

Khalen Saunders makes Western Illinois University history as first Senior Bowl invitee.
Photo: Larry Dean/WIU Athletics

OLB: Ben Banogu, 6-4, 249, TCU; Drue Tranquill, 6-2, 233, Notre Dame; Sutton Smith, 6-1, 237, No Illinois; Dre Greenlaw, 6-0, 229, Arkansas

ILB: Te’Von Coney, 6-1, 240, Notre Dame; Germaine Pratt, 6-3, 240, North Carolina State; Cameron Smith, 6-2, 250, USC

CB: Corey Ballentine, 6-0, 204, Washburn; Kris Boyd, 6-0, 195, Texas; Amani Oruwariye, 6-1, 201, Penn State; Jordan Brown, 6-1, 195, So Dakota State; Iman Marshall, 6-1, 205, USC

S: Nasir Adderley, 6-0, 200, Delaware; Marquise Blair, 6-2, 195, Utah; Darnell Savage, 5-11, 200, Maryland; Khari Willis, 6-0, 215, Michigan State; Will Harris, 6-2, 210, Boston College

P: Mitch Wishnowsky, 6-2, 220, Utah

LS: Dan Godsil, 6-4, 233, Indiana

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THE REESE’S SENIOR BOWL
DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2019
TIME: 1:30pm CT
WHERE: Mobile, Alabama
STADIUM: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (38,888)
TELEVISION: NFL Network

Armed Forces Bowl – Dec 22

Army West Point Black Knights (10-2)  vs  Houston Cougars (8-4)

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ARMY WEST POINT  |  INDEPENDENT

Head Coach:  Jeff Monken

Army West Point Players to watch:

Senior FB Darnell Woolfolk  (5-9/240)

NFL scouts have their eyes on Army senior fullback Darnell Woolfolk.
Photo:  Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports

Woolfolk is a fireplug in Army’s triple option attack.  He’s rushed for 2,297 yards and scored 37 touchdowns in his Army career.  Army West Point senior fullback has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game

Senior OC Bryce Holland  (6-2/295)

Holland, a team captain for the Black Knights, is a two-time Rimington Trophy watch list member and leader of an offensive line for one of the nation’s top rushing teams.

*Junior LB Cole Christiansen (6-2/225)

Christiansen had 65 total tackles this season and also led the Black Knights in stops in the backfield with 10.5 tackles for loss. He also has a sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Senior LB James Nachtigal  (6-0/235)

Nachtigal is arguably Army’s top pass rusher.  He leads the team with five sacks. He has 73 total tackles, has forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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HOUSTON  |  AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Head Coach:  Major Applewhite  

Houston players to watch:

Senior CB Isaiah Johnson  (6-3/195)

Houston senior cornerback Isaiah Johnson has been selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in the Mobile, Ala. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. CT and air on the NFL Network.  Photo:  Houston Athletics

Johnson, formerly a WR, leads the Houston cornerbacks with 66 tackles, two of which have resulted in a loss, while picking off two passes and recording one quarterback hurry.

*Junior WR Keith Corbin  (6-2/193)

Corbin had a breakout season, leading a talented Cougar WR group with 10 touchdowns in 2018.    He had 38 receptions for 662 yards.  QB D’Eriq King calls Corbin the “most savvy” receiver on the roster because of his route-running, ability to get open, and knack for making tough catches.

*Junior QB D’Eriq King  (5-11/190)

Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, the nation’s leader in points responsible for per game, has been named a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, SPORTyler announced Thursday.  King, having suffered a torn meniscus, in week 12 vs Tulane will subsequently be out for the remainder of the season — and will NOT be playing in the bowl game.

*Junior DT Ed Oliver  (6-3/290)

Houston’s Ed Oliver became only the third player in college football history to be named to three straight American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America teams. Unfortunately, he has already declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and will NOT be playing in the bowl game.

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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Army 70, Houston 14