Little Caesar’s Bowl: Florida Int. vs. Toledo

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Florida International

Best prospect: #7 CB Anthony Gaitor, 5-9¾, 178 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Senior – For three years, Gaitor has been named to the All-Sun Belt Conference first-team defense. Over four seasons, he’s won many defensive player of the week honors. Gaitor has played all 48 games over the last four seasons, not missing any game because of injury. He has 11 career interceptions, 195 total tackles, 4 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 24 passes broken up. Gaitor is out of Miami’s Northwestern High school and was part of a Florida 6-A state championship team in 2006.

Best underclassmen prospect: #4 WR T.Y. Hilton, 5-9¼, 183 pounds, 4.44 seconds, Junior – One of the most versatile players in the country, Hilton runs, catches, throws and returns. This season, he racked up 816 receiving yards, 278 rushing yards, 126 punt return yards and 659 yards in kickoff return – a total of 1,879 all-purpose yards with nine touchdowns. In his 36-game career with the Golden Panthers Hilton has 22 touchdowns on offense, four on returns, with 5,392 all-purpose yards on 322 touches, or an average of 16.8 yards every time he touches the ball.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #76 C Brad Serini, 6-2½, 285 pounds, 5.06 seconds, Senior – When he plays in the bowl game it will be 49 college games for Serini, who has not missed a game in his four seasons at FIU, the only player in school history to start every game during his college career. He has been on the first-team All-Sun Belt Conference offense for the past two years. This season, the Golden Panthers offensive line has led the conference in fewest sacks allowed and the running game was second in the Sun Belt. Serini has pro football in his bloodlines – his grandfather Washington Serini played in 59 games for the Chicago Bears (1948-51) and Green Bay Packers (1952).


Best prospect: #69 C Kevin Kowalski, 6-3, 299 pounds, 5.19 seconds, Senior – Kowalski has been a fixture for four years in the Toledo blocking unit. It was three games into his freshman season when he was inserted into the right guard spot because of injuries and remained there through the 2009 season. That’s when he moved to center, and he’s been there since. Smart, hard working and durable, Kowalski has the tools to play both guard and center in the NFL.

Best underclassmen prospect: #9 TE Danny Noble, 6-4½, 235 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Noble has the size, speed and hands to play tight end, wide receiver or even a hybrid-fullback role. He played the last two seasons after taking a redshirt as a freshman. In 23 games, he’s caught 42 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #74 OT Mike VanDerMeulen, 6-6½, 305 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – He’s got the size and feet to play tackle or guard in the NFL. Most of his time with the Rockets has been spent at tackle.

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