Bowl Week continues today with three games including the Military Bowl, the Texas Bowl, and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Military Bowl: Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5)
11:30am PT ESPN from Annapolis, Maryland.
The midday start makes this one a tough one to catch. But if you're home today still recovering from gorging yourself on leftover ham and mashed potatoes, you'll be able to catch today's Military Bowl around your nap time.
If you do mange to catch this game, you'll be lucky enough to watch the guy boasting what may be the coolest name in this year's draft: Gator Hoskins...and yes, he's a fullback. Hoskins actually plays some h-back and tight end as well and has managed to amass 23 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Maryland (Vernon Davis' old stomping grounds) is a school that typically gets a couple players into the draft each season. The last few years have been tough for the Terps as they've seen only five of their players get drafted since 2010. Four of the five have been selected in the fifth rounds or later.
This year doesn't look to promising for Maryland either. Outside linebacker Marcus Whitfield and cornerback Dexter McDougle hope to be late round picks. Whitfield is a pass rusher with 12 career sacks. McDougle missed most of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury after starting 27 consecutive games and could go undrafted.
Texas Bowl: Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6)
3pm PT ESPN from Houston, Texas.
Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman might be the best pro prospect in this game. His size (6-6, 3111lbs) and versatility could propel him into the first round. At Minnesota Hageman would regularly alternate between the three-technique and nose-tackle. Creative defensive coordinators will have a field day with his ability.
Syracuse junior left tackle Sean Hickey He has yet to declare for the draft but if he does, he'll likely be a second to fourth round prospect. Hickey would provided needed depth along the offensive line but might go too early for the 49ers to consider him.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4)
6:30pm PT ESPN from San Francisco, California.
The highlight of this game may be the men and women in the zebra stripes. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will mark the first time an FBS officiating crew has featured two women. Sarah Thomas who was the first female referee in major college football joins head linesman Maia Chaka in making history. Thomas has aspirations of officiating in the NFL and may get her shot in 2014.
BYU's Kyle Van Noy may see meteoric rise up the draft charts similar to former BYU teammate Ezekiel Anash. Like Ansah, the biggest concern for Van Noy is finding a natural position. He's a bit too small to play OLB in a 3-4 but could fit nicely into a creative 4-3 concept if he can improve his coverage ability.
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the first tight end of the board in 2014 so it's unlikely the 49ers will be interested. His teammate, however, Kasen Williams could be one to watch. The 6-2, 212lbs receiver has freakish athletic ability and a mid-season foot injury could see him slide down draft boards some. If Williams declares, the former Parade Magazine Player of the Year could impress with individual workouts (assuming his foot is healed) enough to be an early day two selection.
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