Orange Bowl – Stanford vs. Virginia Tech

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Best prospect: #12 QB Andrew Luck, 6-3¾, 235 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – There’s no question that Luck is ready to move into the NFL after two years of starting at Stanford. He was named the Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year for his ’10 season and earned second-team AP All-America honors. Luck has the entire package – physical, mental and emotional. That started at home a long time ago thanks to his father, former NFL QB Oliver Luck. This year, he threw for 3,045 yards in 12 games with 28 TDs and seven interceptions. He completed 70 percent of his passes. Over his 24 games he’s thrown for 5,620 yards, with 41 TDs, 11 INTs, a 63.9 completion percentage and an average gain per attempt of 8.8 yards. Luck is also a threat to run the ball, going for 792 yards on 113 carries with five touchdown runs.

Best underclassmen prospect (not named Luck): #55 OT Jonathan Martin, 6-5¾, 305 pounds, 5.29 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – He’s protected the blind side of QB Oliver Luck for two years now. Martin is big, athletic and smart and he earned first-team All-Pac 10 Conference honors this season. He’s part of a veteran and talented line that this year allowed the Stanford running game to average 211 yards per outing and the second fewest sacks in the nation.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #92 DT Sione Fua, 6-1¾, 306 pounds, 5.16 seconds, Senior – He was a second-team All Pac 10 defensive player, as he totaled 22 tackles and four sacks on the ’10 season. He’s a big, but not massive run stopper in the middle of the Cardinal defense. Very mature player who did not play in the ’07 season because he was on a church mission. His name is pronounced – see-OWN-ay foo-AH.

Other potential draft choices: #48 FB/LB Owen Marecic, 6-0¾, 245 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Senior; #72 C Chase Beeler, 6-2¾, 285 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Redshirt-Senior (transfer from Oklahoma); #71 G Andrew Phillips, 6-4, 302 pounds, 5.36 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Virginia Tech

Best prospect: #88 TE Andre Smith, 6-4¼, 272 pounds, 4.8 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Gifted athlete who can handle the meaty work of blocking, Smith has shown in the last few years that he can catch the ball and make something happen on offense. The ’10 was his best as a receiver, catching 19 passes for 187 yards and five touchdowns. Overall in his 52-game career, Smith has 52 catches for 430 yards and seven TD catches.

Best underclassmen prospect: #34 RB Ryan Williams, 5-9¼, 205 pounds, 4.46 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – An outstanding freshman season got everybody interested in this little man with the Hokies; Williams ran for a school record 1,655 yards. But his second season has been slowed and hampered by a torn left hamstring injury that kept him out for four games and parts of another. He’s been dealing with a re-injury in the days leading up to the Orange Bowl. This year he ran for just 473 yards.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #21 CB Rashad Carmichael, 5-10, 186 pounds, 4.38 seconds, Redshirt-senior – The last time the Chiefs reached into the Tech program for a cornerback they drafted Brandon Flowers. Coming up this spring is a Flowers-clone in Carmichael who has the same physical dimensions and speed that Flowers brought into the NFL. He plays the game like Brandon as well, going hard-nosed and playing with not fear. Great work ethic as well. He has 110 career tackles, 10 interceptions and 26 pass breakups.

Other potential draft choices: #5 QB Tyrod Taylor, 6-0¾, 212 pounds, 4.55 seconds, Senior; #91, DT John Graves, 6-3¼, 278 pounds, 4.9 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #82 DE/OLB Steven Friday, 6-3¾, 250 pounds, 4.66 seconds, Redshirt-senior.

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