New Orleans Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy

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

  • R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL/SUPERDOME
  • SATURDAY/8 P.M., ESPN

  Ohio (8-4)

Best prospect: #11 WR Terrence McCrae, 6-2 ¾, 198 pounds, 4.45 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He led the Bobcats in receiving during. the ’10 season with 32 catches for 481 yards and nine TD catches. He’s now the school’s career leader in scoring catches with 19. McCrae dealt with an ankle injury early in the season. A very good athlete who was named his high school’s offensive and defensive MVP in his senior year. His career numbers are 82 catches for 1,173 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Best underclassmen prospect: #88 TE Jordan Thompson, 6-3 ¾, 248 pounds, 4.74 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – So far he’s not been a big producer on the receiving side, catching just 19 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in his second season with the Bobcats. But he’s shown the Mid-American Conference that he’s one of the league’s best blocking tight end and has played a big part in Ohio putting together a rushing offense that ranks among the best in the country.    

Player that might interest Chiefs: #9 CB Julian Posey, 5-11, 187 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – A late-round prospect or free agent, Posey brings some very good athletic ability to the secondary including his work as a kick returner. He has four interceptions in four games and he’s had 135 total tackles over his career. As a KR, he averaged 22.4 yards on 21 returns.

Other potential draft choices: #29 SS Donovan Fletcher, 5-11 ¾, 198 pounds, 4.57 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #36 DE Stafford Gatling, 6-3 ¼, 249 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

 Troy (7-5)

Best prospect: #3 WR Jerrel Jernigan, 5-8 ¾, 190 pounds, 4.34 seconds, Senior – Considered one of the top receiving talents coming out in the class of 2011, Jernigan is a very good athlete with outstanding speed. He’s now the Sun Belt Conference career leader in all-purpose yards over a career, producing 5,915 yards in running, receiving, passing and returning. An example of his ability came against North Texas when he totaled 258 yards. Jernigan ran for 89 yards on six carries, caught four passes for 57 yards, went two-for-two passing the ball for 18 yards and a TD pass, three punt returns for 28 yards and a pair of kickoff returns for 66 yards. In 49 games at Troy, he has 876 rushing yards, 43 passing yards, 3,079 receiving yards, 367 punt return yards and 1,550 kickoff return yards, plus 23 total touchdowns, including 17 as a receiver.

Best underclassmen prospect: #94 DE/OLB Jonathan Massaquoi, 6-2, 252 pounds, 4.66 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – A first-team selection to the ’10 All-Sun Belt Conference team. Burst onto the NFL radar with his early-season performance against Oklahoma State, when he had eight total tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on another play. Massaquoi so far this season has 68 total tackles 17.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He needs another year at Troy to really improve all of his defensive skills, but he’s a very good prospect.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #39 OLB/SS Daniel Sheffield, 6-3, 210 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – This season he has 139 total tackles, two sacks and an interception for the Trojans.

Other potential draft choices: #32 RB DuJuan Harris, 5-7, 202 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Senior; #70 OT James Brown, 6-3¾, 337 pounds, Redshirt-Junior.

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