Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State

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

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San Diego State

Best prospect: #80 WR Vincent Brown, 5-11 ¾, 195 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Senior – He considered coming out of school last year, but got a fourth-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee so he decided to stay in school. Brown had a big season in ’09 until he suffered a torn ligament in a thumb, costing him the last five games of the season. He came back this season and Brown has 61 catches for 1,187 yards and nine TD catches, one of those going for 90 yards against Utah. He was a first-team selection to the All-Mountain West Conference offense. Right now he’s third in school history with 201 receptions, 2,945 yards and 22 touchdowns over his career. Best underclassmen prospect: #14 QB Ryan Lindley, 6-2½, 218 pounds, 4.86 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Lindley was the second-team All-Mountain West Conference quarterback in ’10, throwing for 3,554 yards, including a 528-yard performance against Utah. He’s already second in almost every career passing and offense category in school history, including passing yards at 9,261 yards, attempts at 1,262 and completions at 706. Lindley has 65 TD passes to 39 interceptions.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #1 WR DeMarco Sampson, 6-2, 208 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Sampson will enter the NFL as a 25-year old rookie, so that may scare some teams off. In the ’06 pre-season he suffered a left foot injury that wiped out that season and the next one as well. Sampson petitioned for a sixth-year of eligibility and it was granted by the NCAA. He put up a 1,000-yard season in ’10, going for 1,175 yards on 65 catches and earning first-team All-MWC honors along with teammate WR Vincent Brown. Over his career, Sampson has 144 receptions, 2,197 yards and 18 TDs.

Navy

Best prospect: #4 QB/RB/WR Ricky Dobbs, 6-0 ¼, 203 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Senior – Dobbs will have to serve his military commitment and whether he can get back to a level to play once he gets out of the system is problematic. Over 32 games with the Midshipmen, he has put up 2,558 net rushing yards and 48 touchdowns. Dobbs had completed 139 of 256 passes for 19 TDs against nine INTs.

Best underclassmen prospect: #98 DE Jabaree Tuani, 6-1, 265 pounds, Junior – Ultimately, OLB will be the best position for Tuani. In 39 games at Navy so far, he’s been part of 164 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and an interception. Tuani has been bothered this season by shoulder problems, but in three seasons he’s not missed a game.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #8 SS Wyatt Middleton, 6-1, 192 pounds, 4.58 seconds, Senior – A four-year starter for the Midshipmen, he’s appeared in 522 yards and has contributed 317 total tackles, 18 passes defended, five forced fumbles, one fumble return for a TD, five interceptions.

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