We're back with another look at draft prospects in 2015 college bowl games. There are two games today as we begin the march toward Thursday's college football playoff games, and then Friday's New Years Day bowl action.
Military Bowl - Pittsburgh vs. Navy
Game Time: 11:30 a.m. PT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Pittsburgh had their ups and downs this year. They received horrific news at the start of their season, that All-American running back James Connor would be out for the entire 2015 season with a knee injury. The Panthers had a relatively acceptable season considering a vast majority of contests on their schedule were no easy wins. They are far better than their record (8-4) shows, which is why the Pat Narduzzi-led Pitt football team has an excellent shot of knocking off close to adamantine, Navy.
Pittsburgh draft prospects:
- - #23 Tyler Boyd, WR, 6'2", 200 lbs.
- #5 Ejuan Price, DL, 6'0", 250 lbs. - 11.5 sacks this season
The Midshipmen's run-dominant offense squaring off against the run-stopping, brick wall of a defense created by defensive minded Patt Narduzzi and company, is the game's biggest headline. Kennan Reynolds is arguably one of the best rushing-quarterbacks in College Football history. Reynolds will try to amass the record for most touchdowns scored in a single career.
Navy draft prospects:
- #19 Kennan Reynolds, QB, 5'11", 205 lbs.
- #4 Jamir Tillman, WR, 6'4", 206 lbs.
- #2 Lorentez Barbour, S, 6'1", 194 lbs. - leads Navy in tackles.
Quick Lane bowl - Minnesota vs. Central Michigan
Game Time: 2:00 p.m. PT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Minnesota is another five-win team that was awarded a bowl game. The Gophers will have played six teams with 10 wins, should Wisconsin and Michigan win their games. Minnesota (5-7) has had an extremely rigid schedule, considering five of their seven losses have come to ranked opponents. Today, the Gophers will attempt at cementing their sixth victory of the season, in their fourth straight bowl appearance.
Minnesota draft prospects:
- #1 K.J. Maye, WR, 5'10", 200 lbs.
- #11 Antonio Johnson, DB, 6'0", 206 lbs.
- #31 Eric Murray, DB, 6'0", 200 lbs.
- #29 Briean-Boddy Calhoun, DB, 5'11", 190 lbs.
Central Michigan enters the Quick Lane bowl at 7-5, and 6-2 in the MAC, earning a share of the West Division title. The Chippewas are hot as any team right now, winning five of their last six regular season contests.
Central Michigan draft prospects:
- #88 Jesse Kroll, WR, 6'3", 214 lbs.
- #5 Kavon Frazier, DB, 6'0", 218 lbs. - Leads team in tackles (88).