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Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Saturday, December 15, 1pm EST
“All eyes on the twenty fives”
Ka’Deem Carey, #25, Sophomore, RB
Did you see the AP All American team? Johnny Manziel? Check. Marqise Lee? Check. Ka’Deem Carey? Who?
Has a first team All-American ever been so under the radar? Who knows. But there’s one thing I’ll tell you, this kid can play. Looking at his premier game performances (against toughest four defenses) Carey toted the rock for a fantastic 5.4 YPC while averaging more than 20 carries per game. Only three other backs in the 20+ carry club boasted a better YPC in premier games. More than just a runner, Carey consistently contributes to the passing game too, contributing nearly 50 yards per game in receiving in the biggest games. All told, his average of 168 yards per game from scrimmage ranks 3rd in my system. Get a look at him now and get on the bandwagon for the 2013 season. Carey is too young to go to the draft, but will surely be a Heisman candidate next season in year 2 of the Rich Rod era.
FINAL BOWL STAT LINE: 28 carries, 172 rush yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 3 receptions, 15 receiving yards
Austin Hill, #29, RS Sophomore, WR
Coming into the season Arizona was trying to replace their top two wide receivers. In steps Austin Hill, who goes absolutely bonkers to put up one of the best WR seasons in the Pac 12. If not for Marqise Lee, Austin Hill would be the Sophomore WR that everyone is drooling over. He’s got a big 6’2”’ 210LB frame that translates well to the next level. He is capable of going for big games as he put up three multi-TD games in Pac12 play and also had two games of 10+ catches and 160+ yards against conference foes. I like him as an NFL prospect in 2013, although he needs to prove more consistency. While I expect him to show up large against Nevada, I think he should come back for his (RS) Junior season and prove he can consistently be an elite talent before going into the 2014 draft. In either case, his performance this season has him on my radar as a Hakeem Nicks-esque talent.
FINAL BOWL STAT LINE: 8 catches, 175 yards, 2 touchdowns
Stefphon Jefferson, #25, Junior, RB
Jefferson is one of the premier workhorse running backs in college football. Looking at his premier game performance, Jefferson ranks 8th among all running backs with 156 yards-from-scrimmage per game. If we focus on games against the four toughest defenses Nevada faced, Jefferson’s average stat line looks something like 28 carries–128 yards–3 touchdowns. Yes, that’s three touchdowns PER game! And before you scoff at Nevada’s schedule, consider that Nevada’s toughest four defenses faced grade out similarly to what UNC’s Bernard and Stanford’s Taylor faced. Against an efficient Arizona defense that ranks 89th in America, expect Jefferson to put on a show.
FINAL BOWL STAT LINE: 34 carries, 180 rush yards, 2 rushing touchdowns,