Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Utah

As the college bowl season starts, we will check up on the participants and NFL prospects that will be part of the game.


 Boise State (11-1)

Best prospect: #1 WR Titus Young, 5-11, 170 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He’s a two-time honoree on the first-team of the All-Western Athletic Conference offense. Young has been the team’s leading receiver this year, with 1,151 yards on 65 catches. That follows up his junior season when he had 1,041 yards and 79 catches, along with two kickoff returns for touchdowns. His sophomore season was reduced to three games after he was suspended by head coach Chris Peterson for the last eight games of the season. No reason was given at the time, but it appears to have been a maturity issue. Right now in 42 games with the Broncos, Young has caught 198 passes for 2,999 yards and 25 touchdowns. He’s returned 55 kickoffs for an average of 26.1 yards and two TDs. He’s also scored eight rushing TDs, to a total of 35 scores.

Best underclassmen prospect: #73 OT Nate Potter, 6-5¼, 295 pounds, 5.07 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Versatile blocker who has worked at both left tackle and left guard, increasing his NFL value. Boise State coaches liked him inside because of his strength and ability to leverage defensive tackles. He’s also a strong pass protector at the left tackle spot. He’s a two-year member of the All-Western Athletic Conference first-team offensive line.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #2 WR Austin Pettis, 6-2½, 201 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Senior – A two-time member of the All-WAC first-team offense. Pettis has played in 50 games for the Broncos, catching 217 passes for 2,691 yards and 38 touchdowns. He’s also four of five throwing the ball for 91 yards and two TD passes. Earlier this season, the California native showed his versatility against Virginia Tech when in a short period of time he blocked a punt, caught a touchdown pass and then held for an extra point. Weeks later he threw a TD pass. “He might be our best player,” said Boise State coach Chris Petersen. “I can’t say enough good things about that guy. He’s such a great competitor, a clutch performer, and he has been for a long, long time.”

Other potential draft choices: #23 SS Jeron Johnson, 5-10¼, 195 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #98 DE Ryan Winterswyk, 6-3¾, 265 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #13 CB Brandyn Thompson, 5-9½, 180 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior.

UTAH (10-2)

Best prospect: #77 C/G Zane Taylor, 6-1 ½, 309 pounds, 5.19 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He earned first team honors on the All-Mountain West Conference offense, this after making the second team in the ’09 season. Taylor has started the last 38 games at center, missing only one game this season due to a knee injury. He’s played some at guard, especially early in his career. Off-the-field, he’s a Dean’s List student and part of the All-MWC academic team. Taylor seemed to thrive in the bigger games and he can handle passing for the run or pass.

Best underclassmen prospect: #27 CB Brandon Burton, 5-11 ¾, 185 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – A member of the All-Mountain West Conference offense second team for his performance during the ’10 season with 46 total tackles, two interceptions, eight passes defended, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. That block was huge, as Burton knocked down a last second FG attempt by BYU that saved the game for the Utes. Out of Houston, he comes from a family where his father is an engineer and his mother a doctor.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #72 G Caleb Schlauderaff, 6-3 ½, 302 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – This guy received national recognition with a second-team spot on the Walter Camp All-America squad. He’s versatile, a workaholic in the weight room, a top-notch student in the classroom and he’s durable and available. Schlauderaff has played in all 51 games of his college career starting 48 games at left tackle.

Other potential draft choices: #36 RB Eddie Wide, 5-9 ½, 195 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Senior; #4 RB Matt Asiata, 5-11 ¼, 220 pounds, 4.62 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #96 DE Junior Tui’one, 6-4, 265 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Senior.

One Response to “Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Utah”

  • December 22, 2010  - Devin says:

    As a BSU fan I have watched Pettis every year. He will be a player in the NFL. The guy just always finds a way when the game is on the line. Great, great hands and can find the opening in coverage. He may not be a #1 receiver in the NFL, but he would be a great #2 for any team and of course, I am hoping that is for the Chiefs!

    Titus is fast and also has great hands. He rarely drops a ball that hits his hands, but he did in BSU’s one loss this season. In fact he dropped two and they probably would have made a difference in the game. However, he caught the last ball of regulation on a great leap and stretch out play just yards short of the goal line. Kicker could have won the game and failed.

    I would love to have either guy on the Chiefs, but would pick Pettis fist.

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