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Draft Quack: Worldwide Camping at the Alamo Edition

What bowl games are on the docket today? Which prospects will step up?

NCAA Football: California at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

#16 West Virginia at #20 Syracuse 5:15 PM ESPN

Camping World Bowl

Location: Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL)

- The Mountaineers and Orange travel to Orlando to take in the Disney World empire and fit in a football game somewhere. WVU and Syracuse are similar programs in that they are married to the Air Raid offense. The Eers are coming off back to back losses to end up 8-3 and a third place in the Big 12. Syracuse finished with a 9-3 record which was good for second place in the ACC Atlantic division. Which defense can get enough stops to hold to win aka not the Cheez-it Bowl? West Virginia is without the services of QB Will Grier as he is missing the proceedings in order to draft prep.

West Virginia prospects to watch

1. David Long 5’11 225 LB RS Junior

- Long has been a playmaker for the Eers on defense. He’s seemingly everywhere on the field. He has dominated the stat sheet as he’s put up 94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks. A rangy athletic linebacker type that can cover sideline to sideline. The size is a question though as 225 is rather small for the next level. Maybe a transition to safety is in the cards?

2. Yodny Cajuste 6’5 315 OT RS Senior

- One of the more underrated offensive tackle prospects due to the system he plays in. Football IQ is a plus. Technician. Fundamentally sound. Experienced as a senior. Could be drafted in the middle rounds and be a steal. He has accepted his Senior Bowl invite.

3. David Sills V 6’4 203 WR Senior

- Sills is a gamebreaker for the Mountaineers. He’s posted 61 receptions for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns. A big red zone threat that can make any catch. Best known for being a 13 year old with an USC offer given to him by Lane Kiffin. He’s developed nicely into a receiver despite transitioning to receiver only a few years ago. Has accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

4. Marcus Simms 6’0 195 WR Junior

- The third leading receiver on the team and generally considered to be Grier’s safety valve when things break down. He has posted 46 receptions and 699 yards with two touchdowns. Has a yards per catch of 15.2. Could be WR1 for the team next year.

Syracuse prospect to watch

1. Eric Dungey 6’4 228 QB Senior

- Dungey is a dual threat quarterback that is extremely hit or miss while throwing the ball. Has posted a career 61.2% completion percentage but is slightly off at 59.8% as a senior. The medical history will be key for him as he’s missed a ton of time over the years over little injuries. The leading passer and rusher for the Orange.

#24 Iowa State vs #13 Washington State 9:00 PM ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl (aka the bowl that doesn’t exist in Oregon record books or fans’ memories)

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX (home of the UTSA Roadrunners and former home of the Spurs)

- This game is probably the most contrasting styles of offenses on the bowl schedule. Iowa State loves to run the ball while Wazzu, well, likes to not run the ball as often. ISU finished the regular season with a 8-4 record and a third place Big 12 finish. The last time we saw the Cougs was the Pac-12 North decider called the Apple Cup. They unfortunately lost to the program in Seattle. Not to revive any bad memories but the last couple of Alamo Bowls have resulted in heartbreaking losses for the Pac-12.

Iowa State prospects to watch

1. David Montgomery 5’11 216 RB Junior

- Montgomery could be the best running back in the class. He has elite footwork in both the run and pass game. Can make defenders miss with regularity. Not afraid to mix it up and run through defenses to get those extra yards. One cut and go. Lateral agility is a major plus. Speed is a question as he doesn’t really run away from defenders. Decent route runner. He had an outstanding game against West Virginia. Has been hurt a bit this season. A workhorse.

2. Hakeem Butler 6’6 225 WR RS Junior

- He’s been a monster this season, living off of jump balls and yards after the catch. A physical freak that can make every catch in the book. Pretty solid run blocker. He’s in contention for WR3 honors. Reports are that he will declare for the draft.

Washington State prospects to watch

1. Jalen Thompson 6’0 191 S Junior

- One of the more underrated safety prospects in the country. Rangy, ball hawking type of free safety. Instinctive as a pass defender. Fundamentally sound in coverage. He has put up 61 tackles, three tackles for loss, and seven passes defensed.

2. Gardner Minshew 6’1 220 QB RS Senior

- Minshew Mustache Mania has gripped the nation in 2018 as he has led the Cougs to the doorstep of the Pac-12 North title and beyond. As a prospect, he can make all the big league throws and is very accurate in the short and intermediate game. He has completed over 70% of his passes and has lived off of crosses, slants, outs, and the other various short routes to get receivers open. The obvious system fit questions will crop up during the offseason. He’s a grad transfer from East Carolina. Has run some form of the Air Raid offense since high school.

3. James Williams 5’11 195 RB RS Junior

- Williams is a versatile athlete for a running back. He’s equally adept at the running thing and also receiving out of the backfield. The stats and film back it up as he leads the team in rushing and receptions. Has nearly the same amount of rushing yards as to receiving yards. Should be interesting as we near decision day in January.