View Full Version : Draftnik alert: GMAC Bowl tonight

12-22-2004, 05:17 PM
Wednseday, December 22nd, Mobile Alabama; 8 PM ET; ESPN

Even though Psicosis is no longer with us, we know he'll be watching the game tonight...

Bowling Green plays Memphis in Mobile's GMAC Bowl in a game featuring two of the best underclassmen in the country. Memphis, for example, will ride the broad shoulders of junior RB DeAngelo Williams (#20, 5-10, 215), who should be one of the first 4-5 RBs off the board this coming April, if, as expected, he enters this year's draft. Williams, who has an intriguing combination of size, speed an RB savvy, ran for over 1,800 yards this fall, along the way averging 6.2 yards per carry and scoring 21 TDs. And for good measure, Williams caught 17 passes for another 200+ yards. Meanwhile, Bowling Green will be lead into the GMAC Bowl by sophomore QB Omar Jacobs (#4, 6-4, 225) who looks to be the next great Mid-American Confernce QB following in the footsteps of recent MAC first rounders Chad Pennington (Marshall/Jets); Byron Leftwich (Marshall/Jaguars); and Ben Roethlisberger (Miami/Steelers). Jabobs is built like a LB, runs like a RB - he had over 300 yards on the ground this fall - but still throws like a potential elite QB prospect. After taking over the Falcons' helm this fall from Josh Harris, Jacobs piled up some incredible numbers as he completed 68% of his pass attempts for 3,700 yards and 36 TDs against only 3 picks. Along the way, the Jacobs-led Falcons offense averaged almost 44 points per game this year and scored at least 40 in their final 6 games. Indeed, tonight's game should be an offensive fest as Memphis averaged 35 points per game for the year.

While Williams and Jacobs are the headliners there are a number of other players in this game also worth a look. Memphis QB Danny Wimprine (#18, 6-1, 215), for example, is a decent second-tier type prospect for 2005, although he can be somehat inconsistent. The Tigers also feature a very good offensive line anchored by C Gene Frederic (#76, 6-3, 290), however, it isn't overly big by NFL draft standards. Speaking of anchors, the Memphis defense has one in big DT Albert Means (#77, 6-4, 335), who spent much of his early years in college embroiled in one recruiting scandal or another, but emerged as a quality run-stuffing interior defender the past couple of years.

Like the Tigers, Bowling Green's offensive line has a solid pivot in rugged veteran C Scott Mruczkowski (#79, 6-3, 315), who in addition to being a very physical roadgrader type, also has decent feet for a big man. Pro scouts are also intrigued by the athleticism of BGSU DB Keon Newson (#6-0, 185), a former basketball player who'll line up a safety this evening but projects to CB at the next level. Other Falcons to watch include LBs Jovon Burkes (#3, 6-1, 235) and Daniel Syles (#53, 5-11, 215) and possession WR Cole Magner (#21, 6-1, 185). Along with QB Jacobs, though, most of Bowling Green's best pro prospects are underclassmen including juniors RB P.J. Pope (#33, 5-9, 215), OT Rob Warren (#58, 6-5, 295), DE Mitch Crossley (#90, 6-3, 250) and WR Charles Sharon (#1, 6-1, 180).