- Boise State at Michigan State
- Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
- August 31, 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN
#7-RB D.J. Harper, Sr β 5-9, 205 pounds, 4.48 seconds in 40-yard dash, 4th-5th round potential.
Harper is a sixth-year senior, who was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA when he missed most of two different seasons when he suffered a pair of torn ACLs in his right and left knees that finished his year after just three games in 2009 and 2010. Harper played in 2007-08-11; including a nice season last year when in 23 games he carried 115 times for 557 yards and 9 TDs. In 41 games for the Broncos, he carried the ball 319 times for 1,655 yards, for 5.2 yards per carry and 24 TD runs. He’s a product of Cypress Creek High School in Cypress, Texas. When he showed up in Boise, he ran the 40-yard dash in 45.32 seconds.
#2-DE William Gholston, Jr β 6-6, 278 pounds, 4.76 seconds in 40-yard dash, 1st-2nd round potential.
Gholston is the cousin of former Ohio State first-round choice Vernon Gholston, who was a major disappointment for the New York Jets during his time in the NFL; he’s currently with St. Louis. The 21-year old Gholston has some question marks surrounding him as he enters his third season at East Lansing. He came out of Detroit’s Mumford and then Southeastern High Schools. In 23 games at State he has 83 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Scouts have questioned his toughness and desire, and there’s concern about his work habits and on-field demeanor. Last year, he was suspended for one game for some of his actions on the field against Michigan. Last year he was a sophomore starter with 70 total tackles and 5 sacks, earning second-team All-Big 10 honors.