Compass Bowl – Pitt vs. Kentucky

  • BBVA Compass Bowl
  • Legion Field/Birmingham, Alabama
  • Saturday/11 a.m. on ESPN


Best prospect: #97 DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard, 6-2¾, 260 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Senior – Named the 2010 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sheard was a three-year starter in the Pitt defense. In the ’10 season, the Florida native had 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and a recovered fumble. In 45 games, Sheard had 142 total tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 38 QB hurries.

Best underclassmen prospect: #82 WR Jon Baldwin, 6-4¾, 230 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Junior – A change last year in the Panthers starting quarterback and a change this year in head coach has pushed Baldwin to leave the program and enter in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was a two-time first-team All-Big East wide receiver. His numbers were disappointing in ’10 compared to the season before when he caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns. This year, he caught 52 passes for 810 yards and five touchdowns.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #91 DE Greg Romeus, 6-5, 270 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – When he was healthy in 2009, Romeus was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. When he was injured in 2010, Romeus barely played. First it was a back injury that required surgery. When he got back on the field in the middle of November, he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. In 40 games, the young man had 142 total tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 17 QB hurries. He also blocked four kicks. If he can fight through the knee injury, Romeus could be a steal in the mid-to-late rounds. Before he was injured, he was headed for first round status.

Other potential draft choices: #77 OT Jason Pinkston, 6-3½, 308 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #31 SS Dom DeCicco, 6-2 ½, 230 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Senior.


Best prospect: #20 RB Derrick Locke, 5-8¾, 190 pounds, 4.36 seconds, Senior – Injuries have kept Locke from having a breakout season during his four years with the Wildcats. He dealt with knee and rib problems and missed four games with shoulder and elbow injuries that kept down his numbers for the ’10 season. He ran 154 times for 848 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 28 passes for 257 yards. He also returned 13 kickoffs for an average of 26.6 yards. Over 40 games, Locke has run for 2,547 yards and 22 touchdowns; caught 89 passes for 822 yards and 3 TDs; and 52 kickoff returns for an average of 27.2 yards per return with a pair of TDs both for 100 yards. He arrived on campus with a track scholarship and has remarkable speed.

Best underclassmen prospect: #18 WR Randall Cobb, 5-10¾, 190 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Junior – A first-team AP All-America at the all-purpose position. Versatile player who is athletically gifted, he’s a wide receiver, wildcat quarterback, and returner. He’s also a holder for PATs and FGs. In the 2010 season, he led Kentucky with 79 catches for 955 receiving yards, 401 rushing yards and 12 combined touchdowns. He also threw for three TDs and returned a punt for a score. In his 34-game career with the Wildcats, Cobb has run 225 times for 1,290 yards and 22 TDs. He’s caught 139 passes for 1,599 yards and 13 TDs. He completed 62 of 122 passes for 689 yards with 5 TDs and 5 INTs. He returned 61 punts for 601 yards and 2 TDs and 40 kickoffs for 980 yards. That’s a total of 5,159 yards, or 151.7 yards per game and 9.8 yards every time he touched the ball.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #53 DT Ricky Lumpkin, 6-3½, 306 pounds, 5.02 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – The Tennessee native appeared in 42 games over his four seasons with the Wildcats. He had 82 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. A hip injury cost him six games in ’07 and a high ankle sprain kept him down for two games in ’08. He was a two year starter.

Other potential draft choices: #8 WR Chris Matthews, 6-4 ½, 220 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Senior; #5 QB Mike Hartline, 6-5, 210 pounds, 4.87 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

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