As most of Southern California surfaces following the past week of a torrential downpour, the annual Poinsettia Bowl will take place at Qualcomm Stadium tonight. The stadium was flooded as recently as yesterday but they somehow managed to get rid of something like 1.5 million gallons of water in the past day from the stadium and parking lot. Given that Navy is taking on San Diego State in this game, there has been an endless supply of jokes about Navy having home field advantage in the water.
Tonight's game features a San Diego State squad making its first bowl appearance since 1998 and a Navy squad looking to win ten games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. If you're a fan of the triple option, you can see it executed in impressive fashion.
In doing some quick research, the common refrain s to the most NFL-likely player to watch in this game is SDSU senior wide receiver Vincent Brown:
Brown was selected first team All Mountain West this year and had a strong senior season with 61 catches for 1,187 yards and nine touchdowns. Brown is currently projected to be taken in the fourth round as the 94th overall pick, and tenth wide receiver taken overall, but his abilities as a return man and a strong showing at the combine may lift his draft stock.
This is a game filled with some intriguing younger talent including SDSU QB Ryan Lindley and RB Ronnie Hillman. Navy QB Ricky Dobbs will be fun to watch tonight given his ability within the option offense. He might not be heading to the NFL as an option QB, but a well executed option offense can be quite a sight to behold.
Navy players a bit difficult to judge in terms of NFL ability and likely entry in the draft because they have to serve in the Navy before playing. Of course sometimes the military offers waivers in which the player's unique nature provides excellent recruiting material. If I'm recalling correctly, that happened a couple years back with an Army player the was drafted.