Car Care Bowl – South Florida vs. Clemson

  • Meineke Car Care Bowl
  • Bank of America Stadium/Charlotte, N.C.
  • Friday/11 a.m. on ESPN

South Florida

Best prospect: #62 C Sampson Genus, 6-0¼, 316 pounds, 5.24 seconds, Senior – Co-captain of this year’s Bulls, Genus was named to the first-team All-Big East offense, after being named to the second team in the ’09 season. In his first two seasons, the Florida native was moved back and forth at least twice between defensive and offensive lines.

Best underclassmen prospect: #8 SS John Lejiste, 5-11, 202 pounds, 4.47 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – Active defender who has in 25 games already gotten the attention of scouts because of his speed and willingness to hit. Lejiste has 67 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He also has an interception and two forced fumbles.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #97 DT Terrell McClain, 6-1½, 310 pounds, 5.10 seconds, Senior – He was named to the first-team defense on the All-Big East team. In 12 games, he had 23 tackles with three sacks and six QB pressures. Over his four-year career with the Bulls, McClain played in 47 games with 88 career tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight QB hurries.


Best prospect: #93 DE DaQuan Bowers, 6-4¼, 275 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Junior – A member of the AP’s first-team All-America defense and named the ACC’s defensive player of the year. If he decided to leave school early, he will be a top 10 pick in the first round, possibly top five. Bowers led the nation in sacks with 15.5 and was second in the country in tackles for loss with 25. He was second on the team in overall tackles with 67. This season he had a nine game streak where he recorded at least one sack. Big, strong, quick and athletic, whether it’s 2011 or 2012 he’s going to join the NFL and with normal development he should be a difference maker.

Best underclassmen prospect (not named Bowers): #83 TE D’wayne Allen, 6-3 ½, 255 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – There’s a big upside for Allen, whether he stays longer in school or comes out to the NFL in 2011. In many ways he’s a very raw prospect, with a tight end’s body, but the skills of a wide receiver. A member of the second-team All-ACC team, Allen caught 31 passes for 356 yards. That’s a record for a sophomore tight end at Clemson.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #99 DT Jarvis Jenkins, 6-3 ¾, 315 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Senior – Any player who at 315 pounds can run the 40-yard dash under five seconds is going to be an NFL prospect. That’s Jenkins, and there’s more beyond just his body and skills. In the ’10 season, he had 51 tackles and 16 QB pressures, while earning first-team All-ACC defensive status. Jenkins has blocked four kicks in his career.

Other potential draft choices: #2 SS DeAndre McDaniel, 6-0, 215 pounds, 4.54 seconds, Senior; #12 FS Marcus Gilchrist, 5-10½, 190 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior; #61 OT Chris Hairston, 6-6½, 325 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

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