2011 Bowl Season – Champs Sports Bowl


 Champs Sports Bowl

  Thursday, December 29, 4:30 CST, ESPN

  Citrus Bowl Stadium/Orlando, Florida


Notre Dame (8-4)

#3 WR Michael Floyd, Senior – 6-3, 224 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash – It’s been a bit of a star-crossed career at Notre Dame for Floyd, who was able to battle back from a drunken driving arrest in March 2011 to have the best season of his career, with 95 catches for 1,106 yards and eight TDs. Over his career 42 games with the Irish, Floyd caught 266 passes for 3,645 yards and 36 touchdowns. Floyd seems to find trouble off the field, where along with the DUI, he was cited for underage consumption of alcohol in 2008 and 2009. Most teams consider him a prime prospect and a first-round talent. League teams will want to make sure that his problems with alcohol are part of his history, not his present.

#33 SS Harrison Smith, Redshirt Senior – 6-1¾, 215 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash – He’s coming off a what was a relatively down season compared to his performance in 2010 when he registered 91 total tackles and 7 interceptions. This season, he had 84 tackles and no interceptions. Over his 50-game career with the Fighting Irish he was credited with 301 tackles, 18 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 7 interceptions and 23 passes broken up. His draft stock is somewhere in the third to fourth-round range.

Florida State (8-4)

#77 OT Zebrie Sanders, Senior – 6-5, 307 pounds, 5.2 seconds in the 40-yard dash – A first-team All-ACC selection, Sanders spent the 2011 season shifting back and forth between left and right tackle because of injury. He’s a four-year starter who has opened 49 games and 35 consecutive games to this point. A native of Ohio, Sanders has spent most of his playing time with the Seminoles on the right side, but scouts think he has the ability to play left tackle as well. As a prospect, the league likes him in the second round.

#13 ILB Nigel Bradham, Senior – 6-2, 240 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Bradham led the Seminoles for three straight seasons in tackles as he was the major force coming from inside the alignment. In 52 games, he had 296 tackles, with 21 TFLs and 9 sacks. He also added two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles and nine passes broken up. He’s considered a potential third or fourth-round draft choice.

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