College Preview: New Orleans Bowl

  • New Orleans Bowl
  • East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
  • Saturday, December 22, 11 a.m. CST, on ESPN
  • Mercedes Superdome in New Orleans

 

East Carolina State University

#84 TE/WR Justin Jones, Redshirt-Junior – 6-6, 258 pounds, 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 years old (9/25/91), 6th-round potential.

The big man has moved back and forth from wide receiver to tight end, working out of the slot most of the time and gaining in confidence and opportunities as in the Pirates offense. His big performance this season he caught five passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Memphis.

More than likely will stay for his final year at ECU, but keep your eye on this young man. Physically, he’s one of those Gonzalez/Graham/Gates types of receivers and he’s going to draw a lot of attention from the league whenever he decides the time is right for him to enter the draft pool.

He played high school football at Heritage High in Conyers, Georgia, where he distinguished himself on defense rather than offense, as he earned all-state honors as a defensive end, picking up 10.5 sacks in his senior season. He was named team captain as a senior, and also received that honor on the basketball team.

Jones is a criminal justice major on schedule to graduate next year.

Year

G/S

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

LG

TDs

2009

-

Red

Shirt

Season

-

2010

13/4

21

211

10.0

33

5

2011

6/0

6

41

6.8

13

4

2012

12/4

24

341

14.2

39

3

Total

31/8

51

593

11.6

39

12

Other East Carolina players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#98 DE Matt Milner, Redshirt-Junior – 6-3½, 259 pounds, 4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 years old (6/7/91), 7th-round potential.

#92 DL Michael Brooks, Senior – 6-2, 314 pounds, 5.12 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 years old (8/28/91), 7th-round potential.

#21 RB Vintavious Cooper, Junior – 5-8 ½, 190 pounds, 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

Louisiana State University-Lafayette

#22 CB Melvin White, Redshirt-Senior – 6-1, 191 pounds, 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (6/26/90), 5th-round potential.

Veteran defensive back that became a team leader in his final two seasons with the Ragin’ Cajuns. He was very active at cornerback on the back side of the Louisiana-Lafayette defense. His busiest games this season were against South Alabama and Florida Atlantic when he had 7 total tackles in each game. In his 2011 season, White started all 13 games at safety. He scored two touchdowns over the season, returning a blocked field goal 68 yards for a score and an interception 89 yards for a TD.

Former teammate CB Bill Bentley was drafted in the third round last year by Detroit. White is much bigger physically than Bentley and reportedly more of a student of the game. He’s also taken to the leadership role over the past two seasons.

A native of Freeport, Texas, he prepped at Brazosport High School and played both wide receiver and quarterback, earning all-district recognition at both positions in different seasons. He was also a very good jumper on the track team with personal bests of 22-feet, 8 inches in the long jump and 44-feet in the triple jump.

White graduated earlier this month with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Year

G/S

Tot Tk.

TFL

Sks

FF

RF

Int

Yds

PD

TD

Blk

2008

-

-

Red

Shirt

Year

-

-

-

-

-

-

2009

12/1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2010

12/1

24

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

1

2011

13/13

64

8.5

1.5

1

1

2

101

7

2

1

2012

12/12

56

4

0

1

0

0

0

7

0

0

Total

49/27

151

12.5

1.5

2

2

2

101

16

3

2

Caught 1 pass for 25 yards.

Other Louisiana-Lafayette players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#4 WR Javone Lawson, Senior – 6-0, 185 pounds, 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (2/17/90), 7th-round potential.

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