Week two of the bowl season is near completion. Between myself and Shane P Hallam, we have watched every bowl game so far (as of the time you are reading this). I am going to give you one standout draft-eligible player from the three games I have watched thus far.
BOWL GAME WEEK TWO STANDOUTS
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES
Senior QB Dustin Crum is going to be an NFL camp. Whether that is as a drafted player or not remains to be seen. Crum has the physical tools you want but has sustained accuracy issues. His deep ball accuracy is there, however. Against Wyoming, Crum hit several big plays, finishing 16/26 for 265 yards and four scores. He also ran 14 times for 70 yards and a score.
Senior LB Chad Muma continues to see his stock rise as we get into the homestretch of draft season. He is heading to the Senior Bowl in a few weeks. Muma finished his Wyoming career with 13 tackles (five solos) and a half-sack against Kent.
Junior edge rusher Brenton Cox Jr was highly rated entering the season. However, offseason surgery caused him to have a slow start. Cox recorded four sacks in the regular-season finale against Florida State. He continued his hot play in the loss to UCF. Cox recorded 5 solo tackles, four TFLs, and one sack. It will be interesting to see if he declares for the draft or not.
Despite the big win over Florida, there wasn’t much happening in the way of draft-eligible prospects. The best performance probably belonged to undersized junior LB Tatum Bethune. Bethune was a menace for most of the night, notching seven tackles (six solos).
BALL STATE CARDINALS
Ball State senior QB Drew Plitt is solid, albeit unspectacular. His team was playing from behind for most of the Christmas Day bowl game. Plitt was 27/46 for 293 yards and one score. He also threw an interception.
GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS
The only draftable prospect for Georgia State is offensive guard Shamarious Gilmore. The 6’3” 295-pound mauler was moving the Ball State defensive front with ease. He plays bigger than his listed 295. Gilmore gets to the second level well. I think he can be a late-round draft pick.