Who to Watch: Baylor v. UCLA (Holiday Bowl)

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Holiday Bowl

Thursday, December 27, 9:45pm EST

ESPN

Arguably the best WR prospect and best RB prospect are in this game.  You should watch.

Baylor

Terrance Williams, #2, Senior, WR

In my November WR prospect report, I named Terrance Williams the #1 Draft-eligible WR in America.  Whether that will hold true after the combine, we will have to wait and see, but if nothing else, he is a MUST KNOW player.

To put things in perspective, consider the last decade of Big 12 wide receiver rankings, sorted by YPC.

  1. Crabtree (2007)  150.9 receiving yds/gm
  2. Blackmon  (2010)  148.5 receiving yds/gm
  3. Terrance Williams (2012)  147 receiving yds/gm
  4. Danario Alexander (2009)  137 receiving yds/gm
  5. Dez  (2008)  134.6 receiving yds/gm
  6. Jordy (2007)  133.8 receiving yds/gm

To understand how MAJOR of a list that is, you can identify four of six with just one name.  The company Williams is keeping are almost all household names among casual football fans.

Williams not only produces high yardage totals, he rips off yardage in huge chunks every time he catches the ball.  He averages 18.57 yards per reception.  Only TWO players in the last decade (from BCS conferences) have posted a higher yds/reception while catching at least 60+ balls.

Kenny Britt (2007) 62 receptions, 19.87 yds/reception, 13 games

Lee Evans (2003)  64 receptions, 18.95 yds/reception,  13 games

Terrance Williams (2012)  95 receptions, 18.57 yds/reception, 12 games

WOW!

Williams has eight games with 130+ receiving yards  and has hauled in at least one touch down in eight games.  THE MAN IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAST!

Watch him dismantle West Virginia…

UCLA

Johnathan Franklin, #23 , Senior, RB

Franklin was recently named 2nd Team All American, which was very deserved.  But some might question whether the 5′ 10”  195 lb running back is suited for the NFL.  Let’s take a closer look.

You know New York Giants running back David Wilson?  He has flashed HUGE for the G-men this fall after being a 1st round pick out of Virginia Tech last season.  To quantify how excellent Franklin is, let’s compare them head to head in their premier games.

SOS (avg rank of defense faced in premier games, lower is better)

  • Franklin–19th 
  • Wilson– 39th

Carries/ Game

  • Franklin–23
  • Wilson–22.3

Rush yards/ Game

  • Franklin– 160
  • Wilson–101

Rush yards/ Carry

  • Franklin–6.96
  • Wilson–4.54

Rush TDs / Game

  • Franklin–1.25
  • Wilson–.75

In the Holiday bowl, Franklin will be up against the 104th ranked defense in the nation… Yikes!  Expect him to go bonkers against the Baylor Bears. But before you write off this performance as a product of a soft opponent, consider the numbers above against his toughest competition.  I can’t know how Franklin will perform at the combine–or whether he can do backflips–but on the field JF23 gets it done.  Watch him make several impressive plays in the first 90 seconds…

 

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