Champs Sports Bowl – West Virginia vs. N.C. State

  • Champs Sports Bowl/Florida Citrus Bowl/Orlando
  • Tuesday/5:30 p.m. on ESPN

 West Virginia

Best prospect: #7 RB Noel Devine, 5-7¾, 180 pounds, 4.34 seconds, Senior – A foot injury slowed Devine down during the ’10 season but he remained one of the most productive backs in college football over the last four seasons. The diminutive Devine in 50 games ran for 4,267 yards on 721 carries with 29 TD runs. He also caught 94 passes for 689 yards and two scores. The Florida native had a troubled childhood as both of his parents died from complications related to AIDs and he ended up living with the family of a Pop Warner teammate. At one point, Deion Sanders tried to adopt him, but Devine eventually left Sanders home in Texas and returned to Florida. His body and skills make him a Darren Sproles clone.

Best underclassmen prospect: #2 FS Robert Sands, 6-4 ¼, 221 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – A two-time first-time All-Big East player at free safety, Sand has drawn a lot of attention in the last two years for his hard-hitting ways, combined with very good speed and size. He’s one of the leaders on a Mountaineers defense that ranks among the best in the country. In 38 games, the Florida native has 143 total tackles, six interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #22 CB Brandon Hogan, 5-10, 190 pounds, 4.43 seconds, Senior – An ACL injury to his left knee on Dec. 4 was a third-degree sprain and Hogan was working and rehabbing in hopes of playing in the bowl game. If not, he’s headed for surgery and that will make him a prospect that won’t be able to work out in the spring. Hogan is a very good athlete, who could play offense or defense. He started his West Virginia career on offense, but played the last two seasons at left cornerback. In 36 games on defense, he has 171 total tackles, seven interceptions and 24 passes broken up. He also returned punts and kickoffs. He has shown explosive speed and quickness.

Other potential draft choices: #90 DT Chris Neild, 6-1½, 302 pounds, 5.24 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #9 WR Jock Sanders, 5-6½, 180 pounds, 4.43 seconds, Senior; #4 SS Sidney Glover, 5-11, 208 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Senior.

 North Carolina State

Best prospect: #56 ILB Nate Irving, 6-1, 232 pounds, 4.68 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – That Irving was on the field for the 2010 season was a remarkable achievement. In late June 2008, he was in a one-car accident that left him with multiple injuries – a compound fracture of a tibia, a broken rib, a punctured lung and a separated shoulder. Irving did not play in 2009, and after extensive rehab he was able to take part in spring practice back in March. He’s the second leading tackler on the Wolfpack defense, with a total of 93 tackles. He also has 19.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He set an NCAA single-game record when he had eight tackles for loss against Wake Forest. Irving was named team captain.

Best underclassmen prospect: #84 TE George Bryan, 6-4½, 265 pounds, 4.83 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Two-time first-team All-ACC tight end, Bryan has the combination of size, power and athletic ability to make a mark in the NFL. Through 37 games, he’s caught 90 passes for 967 yards and 13 TDs. This season he was third on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 344 yards and three TDs. Maturity issues are a concern after his arrest in July along with several teammates on marijuana charges.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #5 WR Jarvis Williams, 6-3¾, 219 pounds, 4.6 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – A talented athlete out of Florida, Williams has good size and speed and he’s been among the ACC’s top offensive performers for the last two seasons. In ’09, he had 45 catches, but 11 of those went for touchdowns. This season, he’s caught 46 passes for 636 yards and four TDs. Williams career numbers are 127 catches for 1,687 yards, 19 touchdown catches in 49 games.

Other potential draft choices: #94 DE Michael Lemon, 6-3, 274 pounds, 4.85 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #13 WR Owen Spencer, 6-2, 185 pounds, 4.56 seconds. Senior.

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