Prospect Preview: Beef O’Brady Bowl

Ball State will have to find a way to stop Murray if they hope to take this one (Photo: US Presswire)

By BBD Editor Anthony Macari

In a match-up of MAC vs Conference USA (future Big East) teams, look for plenty of offense, be it on the ground rather than through the air. Both teams like to ground it out and will try to control the line of scrimmage.

UCF
28 RB Latavius Murray, 6’3, 222 lbs.
Murray is a big, between the tackles back who can move a pile and shows some open field running ability once he crashes through the line. He ran for 1,035 yards on the season with an impressive 5.8 ypc average. He has a chance to be drafted late and could make a team as a developmental change of pace power back. At 6’-3” 222 lbs he has the frame to make the transition to FB.

18 FS Kemal Ismael, 5’11, 206 lbs.
Ismael the best prospect in the game and has a knack for the ball. He’s versatile enough to transition to SS at the next level. Of course one man’s versatile is another’s tweener and Ismael may end up finding it difficult to carve out a position at the next level given his average measurables.

68 OG Theo Goins, 6’4, 317 lbs.
Goins could hear his name late in the draft, but more likely he’ll have to earn a roster spot as an UDFA. This road grader has a chance to stick as a developmental prospect on a team’s practice squad.

2 WR Jeff Godfrey*, 5’11, 182 lbs.
14 WR Quincy McDuffie, 5’10, 187 lbs.
58 DE Troy Davis, 6’2, 249 lbs.
46 OLB Ray Shipman, 6’5, 242 lbs.
21 CB A.J. Bouye, 6’0, 186 lbs.

Ball State
10 QB Keith Wenning*, 6’3, 220 lbs.
Wenning has the potential to develop into a late round prospect with another solid year of development. He has good size, a strong arm and is fairly accurate when given a clean pocket.

32 RB Jahwan Edwards**, 5’10, 225 lbs.
Edwards is another future prospect to keep an eye on. Edwards posses a nice combination of power, speed and vision.

88 TE Zane Fakes*, 6’3, 237 lbs.
11 DE Jonathan Newsome, 6’3, 236 lbs.
6 CB Jason Pinkston, 6’1, 183 lbs.
18 P Scott Kovanda, 6’3, 205 lbs.

I expect both teams to move the ball on each other, but UCF has the defensive edge. Look for them to pull out the coveted Beef O Brady championship. UCF 31 – Ball State 24

Tags: Ball State, Latavious Murray, NFL Draft, UCF

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