Anthony Morelli, QB – Penn State
struggled against Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl, but the Nittany Lions pulled
out a 24–17 win. Morelli didn’t look comfortable and only completed 48
percent of his passes. He threw for 143 yards, a touchdown and an
interception. Morelli has had an up-and-down season and now faces an uncertain
Anthony Alridge, RB – Houston
enjoyed a tremendous senior season with the Cougars, rushing for 1,597 yards on
259 carries and 14 touchdowns while pulling in 42 catches for 428 yards and
five touchdowns. But when the lights shined their brightest at the Texas Bowl,
Alridge came up short. He only managed 29 yards on 15 carries (1.9 YPC) in a
disappointing effort against TCU. Alridge has a lot of talent, but lacks size
(5-foot-9, 175-pounds), and this performance doesn’t look good on his resume
entering the offseason.
Hawaii's Colt Brennan scrambles to avoid pressure in the Sugar Bowl.
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Colt Brennan, QB – Hawaii
had a game to forget against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, and he probably suffered
some memory loss from being slammed to the ground all night long. A Heisman
Trophy finalist, Brennan completed 22-of-38 passes for 168 yards, no touchdowns and
three interceptions. Brennan averaged 348-yards a game entering the Sugar Bowl,
but he didn’t have enough time to go through all of his reads and get the
high-powered Warriors' offense in sync. This is the last memory NFL executives
will have of Brennan entering the Senior Bowl and Combine, which means he has to
shine this spring to elevate his draft status.
Lavelle Hawkins, WR – California
started the season off well, but has struggled in Cal’s last three games. He
showed the ability to be a dynamic playmaker early on, but has been reduced to
the third receiver in the Bears offense. He finished the Armed Forces Bowl with
just three catches for 17 yards, but managed to get in the end zone. Hawkins has
great speed and versatility and has first day talent, but has slipped a bit and
is now considered an early Day Two selection.
Tommy Blake, DE – TCU
finished his collegiate career with a four-tackle performance against Houston in
the Texas Bowl. He had a mysterious start to his final season with the Horned
Frogs, missing five games this season due to personal reasons. He finished the
year with 21 tackles, eight for a loss and four sacks. Blake was a highly-touted
prospect leading up to his senior campaign. For him to regain that status,
he’ll have to convince NFL executives that his problems are in the past.
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