The Chick-fil-a Bowl kicks off this afternoon with its classic ACC v. SEC format. The game figures to be a good game with the defending National Champion Auburn Tigers taking on the fast rising Virginia Cavaliers. Here are the prospects to watch:
RB Perry Jones*
Now a third down and pass catching back out of the UVA backfield, Jones provides a nice change of pace to Kevin Parks style of running. Jones has good short area quickness and burst, and could give an Auburn defense that has holes some trouble.
WR Kris Burd
Burd is the big play threat for the Cavs when they go to the air. He has good size and speed and runs crisp routes that allow him to gain separation. He has only one TD on the year but don’t let that fool you as he has over 800 yards and works perfectly in the UVA system.
OT Oday Aboushi*
A top level junior who has already announced he is coming back next year Aboushi is a developing prospect who should be listed amongst the best in the ACC. He has solid technique and above average athletic ability which allow him to man the LT spot.
OG Austin Pasztor
Pasztor is considered one of the top prospects for the CFL Draft this summer but has also intrigued many NFL teams. He’s an excellent pulling guard and does very well as the lead blocker for his backs. He is not as strong as you would like when asked to anchor though.
DE Cam Johnson
Still some questions about if Cam Johnson is a 34 DE or a 43 DE in the NFL but either way he is a powerful DE who plays well v. the run and can get after the passer. We compare him very closely to Phil Hansen with some more athletic ability. Should be able to play the strong side and hold the edge.
DT Matt Conrath
Tall DT prospect who at times struggles with his technique, Conrath has had a productive year though. He does a good job timing his get off and is able to get good penetration into the offensive backfield. He also has long arms that he uses to keep interior OL at bay while waiting to make a play.
CB Chase Minnifield
Minnifield is a tall and athletic CB with a NFL pedigree. We want to see him get more aggressive in attacking the ball while in the air and begin to make more plays. Too often we’ve seen him sit back and wait for plays to happen in front of him. He has the size, the speed, and the ability to make these plays.
RB Onterio McCalebb*
McCallebb is currently evaluating his NFL stock before making a decision on whether to come back to Auburn. His short area quickness and acceleration are traits that are highly desirable in the NFL especially for complimentary backs in the NFL’s two back system. This game could be a big one for McCalebb.
WR Emory Blake*
A burner at WR Blake isn’t ever going to be a dominant #1 WR but he projects a possible #2 who can stretch the field and take the top off of the coverage. He has good hands and Auburn will find multiple ways to get him the ball. If Blake gets going, UVA will have a tough time stopping him.
TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen*
One of the most dependable TE”s in the entire country over the last year, Lutzenkirchen has turned into a red zone nightmare for opposing defenses. His seven receiving TD’s lead the Tigers and he’s more athletic than most pundits want to give him credit for.
OT Brandon Mosley
Mosley is a classic RT in the NFL who has good strength, great size but is limited a bit athletically. He uses his hands well and has a nice punch he delivers but too often he will over extend himself and get caught waist bending.
LB Eltoro Feeman
Freeman is an electric LB who is all over the field making plays. He is a bit undersized at only 5’11 but he plays bigger than that and will deliver a good pop over the middle. Freeman reads the plays exceptionally well and really attacks the line of scrimmage.
SAF Neiko Thorpe
Moved from CB to SAF due to having too much stiffness in his hips, Thorpe has had a decent year. No longer having to be asked to turn and run he’s been able to keep things in front of him and has been more successful that way. Thorpe has shown much better tackling skills this year as well coming into the box and being an active defender.
LS Josh Harris
Considered to be the #1 LS in the nation, Josh Harris will be going to the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He gets good quickness and accuracy on his snaps and is aggressive at getting down the field to try and down punts or making the tackle.