New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. UTEP

As the college bowl season starts, we will check up on the participants and NFL prospects that will be part of these games. This should help your December scouting.


Brigham Young University (6-6)

Best prospect: #22 SS Andrew Rich, 6-2½, 218 pounds, 4.65 seconds, Senior – Rich led BYU in tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, recovered fumbles and pass breakups. He was voted to the first-team All-Mountain West Conference defense. In 38 games at BYU, he has eight interceptions and 217 total tackles and six forced fumbles. Rich served a church mission for two years in Oregon, so he’s on the older end of the age scale. “He’s exactly what we want from a BYU football player – how he conducts himself, how he plays, who he is, how he leads,” said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Best underclassmen prospect: #10 RB J.J. Di Luigi, 5-8¾, 192 pounds, 4.45 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Undersized but not under-talented, Luigi was named to the second-team All-Mountain West Conference offense. He has 1,241 yards in total offense with eight touchdowns, including 42 catches for 422 yards. He’s run for 819 yards on 158 carries with seven touchdowns.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #70 OT Matt Reynolds, 6-5¼, 322 pounds, 5.1 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – A first-team All-Mountain West Conference offensive selection for the last two seasons. He’s started every game that he’s played for the Cougars, all of those at left tackle. This season he gave up just one sack on the season. His father Lance is the BYU running backs coach and he has three brothers that are or were blockers at BYU. Reynolds was also named team co-captain at the start of the season, impressive as a junior. He’s also been married for the last two years.

Other potential draft choices: #37 DE Vic So’oto, 6-2½, 260 pounds, 4.75 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #72 G/T Nick Alletto, 6-4½, 325 pounds, 5.3 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #73 G Jason Speredon, 6-4 ½ , 308 pounds, Redshirt-Senior; #5 CB Brandon Bradley, 5-11¾, 193 pounds, Redshirt-Senior.

University of Texas-El Paso (6-6)

Best prospect: #3 RB Donald Buckram, 5-9 ½, 195 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Coming into the ’10 season, Buckram was one of the backs just off the radar screen that people in college football were talking about. In the ’09 season, he had 2,047 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense, including 1,594 rushing yards. But this year has been one injury after another for Buckram and he played only seven games due to ankle and knee problems. The California native struggled to get up to speed all season. He’s one of the team’s co-captains.

Best underclassmen prospect: #5 CB Travaun Nixon, 6-0, 205 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Junior – A junior-college transfer from Ventura J.C., Nixon had 69 total tackles for the Miners this season, with three interceptions and eight passes broken up. He was named to the All-Conference USA second-team defense. Nixon played both cornerback and safety in the juco ranks and also was a good punt returner.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #2 WR Kris Adams, 6-2 ½, 195 pounds, 4.48 seconds, Redshirt-Senior. This season he’s caught 44 passes for 917 yards and 11 TDs. Over his career he’s caught 141 passes for 2,504 yards and 27 TDs in 47 games. Earlier this season, he had 148 receiving yards against Arkansas. Honor student in high school and at UTEP.

Other potential draft choices: #8 ILB Jeremy Springer, 6-2¼, 225 pounds, 4.8 seconds, Redshirt-Junior; #74 G Rod Huntley, 6-2½, 320 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Senior.

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