2011 Bowl Season – Independence Bowl

Advocare Independence Bowl

Monday, December 26, 4 p.m. CST, ESPN2

Independence Stadium/Shreveport, Louisiana

North Carolina (7-5)

#90 DE Quinton Coples, Senior – 6-5¾, 285 pounds, 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Over the last two years, Coples has moved inside to DT and then back outside to DE. He was more productive inside in the 2010 season with 15.5 TFLs and 10 sacks, along with 12 QB hurries. Coples was back at defensive end for the 2011 season. He earned back-to-back All-ACC honors, the first time a North Carolina player was able to do that since Julius Peppers in 2000-01. Coples finished up his career with 49 games, 140 total tackles, 38.5 TFL, 24 sacks, with 5 forced fumbles. Once considered a top five choice, his 2011 season has dropped him into the pick 10 to 15 range of the first round.

#83 WR Dwight Jones, Senior – 6-4, 225 pounds, 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash – A second team All-ACC selection after his 79 catches for 1,119 yards and 11 TDs in the 2011 season. In 32 games, he’s caught 146 passes for 2,086 yards and 15 TD catches. He was declared ineligible for the Independence Bowl after North Carolina turned in a secondary violation where his picture was used to promote a part in his hometown. The party was subsequently cancelled and Jones was reinstated. Scouts view him as a solid second or third-round prospect.

Missouri (7-5)

#82 TE Michael Egnew, Senior – 6-4¾, 245 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash – His numbers were down in 2011, compared to those of the year before when he was named first-team All-America with 90 catches for 762 yards and 5 TDs. This year, he’s had 47 catches for 484 yards and 3 TDs, and he was first team All-Big 12 Conference. He’s not much of blocker and fits the mold set by Mizzou tight ends like Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman that came ahead of him in Columbia. As a receiver, he’s projected as a second or third-round talent. As a full tight end, he’s a fourth or fifth-round projection.

#3 DE Jacquies Smith, Senior – 6-3, 255 pounds, 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Smith’s senior season included an early September dislocated left elbow that sidelined him for several games. Still he was named to the All-Big 12 Conference second-team defense for the second year in a row. Over his career with the Tigers, he played in 50 games with 154 total tackles, 25 TFLs, 13 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 1 INT, plus he caught a TD pass and returned a fumble for a TD. He’s a tweener for teams in the 3-4, 4-3 defenses because of his size. Scouts view him as a fifth-round talent.

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