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Hawaii Bowl 2016: TV schedule, game time, 2017 NFL Draft prospects to watch

We highlight and profile the 2017 NFL draft-eligible prospects for the Hawaii Bowl, featuring Hawaii and Middle Tennessee on December 24.

Happy holidays 49ers fans! It’s Christmas Eve, and the evening brings a single bowl game to break down. We continue our college football bowl coverage breakdown highlighting and profiling a few notable draft-eligible prospects you should pay attention to. This will help people build a list of names to know when we get into the offseason. For today's bowl action we take a look at Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee State in the Hawaii Bowl. Today, we’ve got a look at the top three offensive and top two defensive prospects for this game, as well as a prospect that fits the 49ers.

2016 Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee

Date: Saturday, December 24
Game time: 5:00 P.M. PT
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, Aloha Stadium

Middle Tennessee had another successful season, finishing the season 8-4. Rick Stockstill is currently 1-4 in postseason play at Middle Tennessee, so a win would top off an overall good year. As for the Rainbow Warriors, their 6-7 season had its ups and downs. They had a fairly tough schedule. It doesn’t help that their defense is arguably the worst in the country.

Top offensive NFL Draft prospects:

1. I’tavius Mathers, RB, 5’11”, 197 lbs – MTSU
2. Marcus Kemp, WR, 6’4”, 200 lbs – Hawaii
3. Terry Pettis, TE, 6’5”, 240 lbs – MTSU

Top defensive NFL Draft prospects:

1. Jeremy Cutrer, CB, 6’1’, 170 lbs – MTSU
2. Jahlni Tavai, LB, 6’4”, 235 lbs - Hawaii

Prospect that fits the 49ers:

Standing 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, wide receiver Marcus Kemp would be a nice addition to the 49ers. He totaled 70 catches for 1,036 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Kemp could be a late-round steal.