BCS Title Game – Auburn vs. Oregon

  • Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game
  • University of Phoenix Stadium/Glendale, Arizona
  • Monday/ 7:30 p.m. CST, on ESPN


Best prospect: #90 DT Nick Fairley, 6-4, 298 pounds, 4.92 pounds, Junior – The 2010 Lombardi Award winner and first-team AP All-America for a junior season where he had 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He also knocked three QBs out of the game after hits. Began his college career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi where he had 63 tackles and seven sacks in the 2008 season. Over his 26 games played at Auburn, Fairley totaled 83 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

Best underclassmen prospect: #2 QB Cam Newton, 6-5 ¼, 250 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – The Heisman Trophy winner has been the name in the news in college football during the 2010 season. Newton also won the AP Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best college QB and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Gifted physically with the ability to run and throw, questions among NFL scouts pertain to just how pro teams would use his skills and whether he’s really reach for the jump after just 13 games on the major college level. He ran for 1,409 yards on 242 carries, completed 165 of 246 passes for 2,589 yards with 28 TDs and 6 INTs. He also caught two passes for 42 yards and a TD. Newton is expected to leave Auburn and if that happens, he’ll be a top 10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Player that might interest Chiefs (not named Fairley): #17 ILB Josh Bynes, 6-1¾, 235 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior – One NFL team has labeled him an old school middle linebacker, meaning he’s a thumper between the tackles, who can disrupt the offense on the inside. He was a three down back for Auburn, but may not have the quickness necessary to play in pass coverage situations on a consistent basis. But he was defensive leader, play caller and he has the intangibles. In 43 games, he has 238 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 15 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 7 interceptions. He’ll play in the Senior Bowl.

Other potential draft choices: #73 G Lee Ziemba, 6-5¾, 320 pounds, 5.22 seconds, Senior; #93 DT Mike Blanc, 6-2¾, 298 pounds, 5.03 seconds, Senior; #4 SS Zac Etheridge, 5-11, 213 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #50 C Ryan Pugh, 6-1, 298 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Senior; #27 RG Mario Fannin, 5-10¼, 228 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.


Best prospect: #55 ILB Casey Matthews, 6-1, 238 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior – He’s another member of the Matthews Football Family, joining his father Clay and brother Clay Jr. Casey is not as physically gifted as Clay Jr., but he has the same intangibles when it comes to work ethic. He was a first-team selection for the All-Pac-10 defense thanks to a season of 73 total tackles, 3 interceptions and 3 recovered fumbles. In 49 games for Oregon, Matthews has 239 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 7 QB hurries, 4 interceptions and 9 passes defended.

Best underclassmen prospect: #21 RB LaMichael James, 5-8¾, 185 pounds, 4.42 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – He was named a first-team AP All-America and was third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and for now, James has said he’s going back to Eugene for another season in 2011. He led the nation in rushing yards and scoring during the ’10 season averaging 152.9 yards and 12 points per game. He ran for 1,682 yards on 281 carries and was held under 100 yards only twice in 11 games. James also caught 13 passes for 169 yards and a TD. In 24 games with the Ducks, he has run for 3,228 yards on 511 carries at 6.3 yards per carry.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #88 DE Brandon Bair, 6-6¼, 272 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Redshirt-Senior. An interesting prospect for consideration late in the draft, Bair is 26 years old and is married, a father, a Sunday school teacher and an economics graduate. He served two years on a church mission. Showed up at Oregon as a tight end but was moved to defense when injuries weakened depth on the line. Bair has played 51 games without missing any time due to injury. He’s totaled 104 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 7 QB hurries, 12 passes defended, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

Other potential draft choices: #23 WR Jeff Maehl, 6-0¼, 185 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior; #69 OT Bo Thran, 6-4½, 284 pounds, 5.23 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #35 OLB Spencer Paysinger, 6-2½, 232 pounds, 4.67 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #37 CB Talmadge Jackson, 5-8½, 188 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior.

One Response to “BCS Title Game – Auburn vs. Oregon”

  • January 10, 2011  - el cid says:

    Bob, Got a kick out of who you think the Chiefs might have an interest in as I do not follow college much. Who are WRs the Chiefs might look to? What position with first pick? Somewhere in the draft do they look to QB? Just wondering.

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