2011 Bowl Season – R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m. CST/ESPN

Superdome/New Orleans, Louisiana

San Diego State (8-4)

#14 QB Ryan Lindley, Redshirt-Senior – 6-3 ½, 230 pounds, 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash – The San Diego native has the size, arm and smarts to qualify as a legitimate NFL prospect. But he’s struggled a bit during the 2011 season, falling into the middle of the pack when ’12 QBs are discussed. In 48 games over his career he’s thrown for 12,287 yards, with 87 TD passes against 47 INTs. One problem is he’s just a 54 percent passer, about 10 points below what the NFL seeks from their quarterbacks. If he has a big performance in New Orleans and can show something in the all-star games, Combine and workouts, he may be able to get back up to the third or fourth-round consideration on the draft weekend.

#9 LB Miles Burris, Redshirt-Senior – 6-1 ½, 235 pounds, 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Very active in the last two seasons for SDSU, putting up 70-plus tackles each season, along with a total of 15.5 sacks and 37 TFL. That’s some impressive plays behind the line of scrimmage for the outside backer. Overall in four seasons he played in 49 games, with 228 total tackles, 44.5 TFLs, 17 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. He’s a sixth to seventh-round prospect right now.

Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)

#5 CB Dwight Bentley, Senior – 5-9½, 184 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash – He took a redshirt year during his one fall at Dodge City Community College. He’s played the last four for Cajuns, totaling 46 games, with 7 INTs, plus one he took back 70 yards for a touchdown. Bentley missed several games over four years due to ankle injuries. Scouts say he lacks the power and strength to be a top-flight corner, but he’s viewed as a fourth-round talent.

#89 TE Ladarius Green, Senior – 6-5¾, 236 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash – At this point, Green has quietly played through the evaluation process and would have to be considered a sleeper. His appearance in this New Orleans Bowl is likely to elevate his profile. This season, he’s caught 46 passes for 485 yards and 7 TDs. Over 45 games with ULL, he’s caught 144 passes for 2080 yards and 21 touchdowns. Over his time in the program he’s battled neck, ankle and shoulder injuries, missing games in the last three seasons. He’ll need to add weight in the NFL, but if he can do that while retaining his quickness and speed he could be a TE along the lines of Antonio Gates in San Diego or Jimmy Graham in New Orleans. He’s projected right now as a third-round selection in the next draft.

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