The 2023 68 Ventures Bowl is in the books. South Alabama routed Eastern Michigan 59-10. The Jaguars outgained the Eagles 627-150. It was South Alabama’s first bowl win in four tries.
The number of 2024 NFL Draft prospects in the 68 Ventures Bowl is few and far between. However, several players should be on NFL 90-man rosters.
2023 68 Ventures Bowl Prospect Review
SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS
South Alabama WR Caullin Lacy was their top prospect this season but he portaled out to Louisville. QB Carter Bradley was injured and didn’t play. He has accepted a Hula Bowl invite. So, we had to dig a little deeper to find some Jaguars’ pro prospects.
Well not that deep. Safety Yam Banks has a chance to be drafted late. The versatile defensive back had a down year this season. Banks plays the nickel but can also play free safety. I think he has a chance to get a Senior Bowl invite later in the process. Banks recorded two tackles, a TFL, and broke up a pass against EMU.
DL Wy’Kevious Thomas is unlikely to be in this class but he is a load at the nose tackle position. Thomas has a wide base and fills well in run lanes. He finished the 68 Ventures Bowl with two tackles (one solo).
Two players not on our watchlist that jumped out to me were edge rusher Jaime Sheriff (6’2″ 269) and tight end D.J. Thomas-Jones.
A fifth-year player, Sheriff was disruptive the entire time he played, showing great closing speed. He finished with four tackles, 2 TFLs, and two hurries.
DJTJ, a 4th-year prospect, ran some nice routes, catching three passes for 23 yards and two scores. He did drop two passes, however.
EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES
EMU RB Samson Evans did not play, thus eliminating their top prospect from the game. Third-year punter Mitchell Tomasek had a whale of a game though. Tomasek punted six times, averaging 49.3 yards per punt. He had three over fifty yards.
WRAP IT UP
I always have a good time at the Mobile, AL/GMAC/GoDaddy/Dollar General/Lending Tree/68 Ventures Bowl. This was the 25th incarnation of the game. I have been to roughly half of them. None will ever beat this one though: