Music City Bowl – Tennessee vs. North Carolina

  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
  • LP Field/Nashville, Tennessee
  • Thursday/5:30 p.m. on ESPN

Tennessee

Best prospect: #88 TE Luke Stocker, 6-5, 253 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Redshirt-Senior - Over the last two years, Stocker has been the No. 1 tight end in Knoxville, a position that traditionally is a log jam of prospects in that program. This season in 12 games, he caught 34 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown, following his 29-catch, 389-yard season in ’09 when he had five touchdown catches. He has good hands and good feet, and that makes him a prospect as far as the NFL is concerned.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #6 WR Denarius Moore, 6-0, 195 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior – Sometimes explosive receiver who has put together two very good seasons for the Volunteers. This year he caught 43 passes for 912 yards and nine touchdowns, including two games of over 200 yards. That was on top of the 40-catch, 540-yard, seven-TD performance as a junior. The Texas native set state record in track and he was the point guard on his high school basketball team.

Other potential draft choices: #84 OLB Chris Walker, 6-2, 245 pounds, 4.72 seconds, Senior; #74 G Jarrod Shaw, 6-4, 330 pounds, 5.32 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #42 OLB LaMarcus Thompson, 6-0 ½, 228 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

North Carolina

Best prospect: #27 FS Deunta Williams, 6-1¼, 215 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Among the host of Tar Heels that were slapped with sanctions by the NCAA, Williams came through rather lucky. He got a four-game suspension and was back on the field by the middle of October. Williams was not able to match his ’09 performance when he had 65 total tackles and six interceptions. Over his career in Chapel Hill, he played in 46 games with 216 total tackles, 12 interceptions, 16 passes broken up and three forced fumbles.

Best underclassmen prospect: #42 DE Robert Quinn, 6-4¾, 268 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Junior – In October, Quinn was declared by the NCAA as permanently ineligible after he accepted improper benefits from an agent worth $5,600. Also suspended by the NCAA were WR Greg Little and DT Marvin Austin. But they are out of eligibility. Quinn has one year remaining and he could appeal the NCAA sanctions and possibly get his college career back. In 25 games, he had 86 tackles, 13 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #52 ILB Quan Sturdivant, 6-2, 230 pounds, 4.63 seconds, Senior – Sturdivant escaped all the pre-season problems at UNC but was felled by a hamstring injury and ended up missing five games. Bu through his career, the North Carolina native has always been a playmaker; in 45 games he had 2397 total tackles, six sacks, eight passes broken up, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. He has TD returns on an INT and a fumble.

Other potential draft choices: #9 DT Marvin Austin, 6-2½, 310 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Senior; #54 OLB Bruce Carter, 6-2½, 235 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Senior; #8 WR Greg Little, 6-2, 220 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior; #13 QB T.J. Yates, 6-2¼, 220 pounds, 4.84 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

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