Holiday Bowl – Washington vs. Nebraska

  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
  • Qualcomm Stadium/San Diego
  • Thursday/9 p.m. on ESPN

Washington

Best prospect: #10 QB Jake Locker, 6-2½, 230 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – For the last two years, Locker was considered not only a first-round talent, but a top of the first round, even a top 10 prospect. But his senior season was not up to the level of his junior season and his stock has dropped. One game that hurt him was his performance against Nebraska the first time these teams played in the ’10 season. In that game, Locker was four of 20 for just 71 yards and two interceptions. This season, Locker has thrown for 2,209 yards 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Over his time with the Huskies, his career numbers in 39 games had 7,583 passing yards, 53 TDs and 35 INTs. He also ran for 1,856 yards and 28 touchdowns. Locker is a very good athlete and may also have a future in baseball.

Best underclassmen prospect: #1 RB Chris Polk, 5-11, 215 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – In two seasons playing for the Huskies, Polk has already put his name in the school record book. In his last game against Washington State, he ran for 285 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. That’s the best rushing game at Washington since 1950. In two seasons and 24 games, the southern California product ran 452 times for 2,351 yards and 13 TDs. That’s 5.2 yards per carry and a 98-yard average per game.    

Player that might interest Chiefs: #40 OLB Mason Foster, 6-1½, 242 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Senior – A three-year starter at outside linebacker for the Huskies. He’s been the leader of the group this season, averaging over 12 tackles per game and earning first-team All Pac-10 honors. Over four seasons, he played in 49 games, producing 365 tackles, 8.5 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 10 passes broken up.

Other potential draft choices: #8 SS Nate Williams, 6-0, 215 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Senior; #71 OT Cody Habben, 6-6, 290 pounds, 5.32 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

  Nebraska

Best prospect: #21 CB Prince Amukamara, 6-0, 205 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior – Considered one of the top prospects in this year’s senior class, Amukamara will be taken in the top 10 picks, probably in the top five and maybe even No. 1, although defensive backs are seldom the first player drafted. He’s been invited to play in the Senior Bowl, but he’s not decided yet whether he will. Unlike most players he really doesn’t need the week in Mobile to help his draft stock. He’s a first-team AP All-America and the Big 12 Conference’s defensive player of the year. His skills combined with his physical ability make him one of the best cornerback prospects to come out of the colleges in some time. In 48 games, he has 160 total tackles, four sacks, five interceptions and 26 passes broken up.

Best underclassmen prospect: #94 DT Jared Crick, 6-5¾, 285 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Crick earned second-team honors on the AP All-America defense and first-team honors on the All-Big 12 defense. The season started out a bit slow for the big man, but he came on strong at the end and got close to duplicating the numbers from his second season. Overall, in 34 games, he has 138 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #24 WR Niles Paul, 6-1, 220 pounds, 4.5 seconds, Senior – A broken foot suffered in practice before the Colorado game kept him out of that contest and the Big 12 Championship Game. It’s about the only thing that’s slowed him down this season, where he caught 39 passes for 516 yards and a TD. He also returned a kickoff for a TD. Over his 45-game career, he caught 102 passes for 1,529 yards and five TDs. Paul added four other scores, three on returns where he handled both punts and kickoffs.

Other potential draft choices: #44 TE Mike McNeill, 6-3¾, 235 pounds, 4.7 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #10 RB Roy Helu, 5-11¾, 220 pounds, 4.51 seconds, Senior; #28 SS Eric Hagg, 6-1½, 210 pounds, 4.62 seconds, Senior.

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