Scouting the Sun Bowl: Oregon vs Minnesota

A game between a pair of teams that made noise louder than expected this season. Several very solid middle-round prospects will take the field on both sides of the ball. Find out what an NFL Draft expert thinks of some Gophers' pro potential.

Oregon Pos Number Year Ht Wt 40
Quinn Dorsey DE 30 5Sr 6-3 265 4.75
Size/speed prospect that does a great job rushing the passer or pursuing the action from behind. Lacks bulk, handled at the point and a liability against the run. Late round consideration.
Jason Fife QB 12 5Sr 6-3.5 222 4.79
Nice sized passer best for the short game. Lacks the deep arm and pass placement. Free agent.
Mathew Floberg FB 32 4Sr 6-3 240 4.81
Solid all around fullback that gives top effort. Limited athlete with minimal upside for the next level.
Joseph Forster G 60 5Sr 6-3.5 285 5.31
Explosive lineman who may have his career cut short by constant knee injuries.
Keith Lewis S 16 4Sr 6-0 200 4.67
Hard-hitting, run defending safety who also excels on special teams. Limited skills in pass coverage which will drop him deep into the draft.
Kevin Mitchell OLB 39 5Sr 5-10.5 220 4.65
High revving college linebacker who may project to safety at the next level. Aggressive yet instinctive. Must display the ability to be effective in space during the post-season.
Igor Olshansky DT 53 4Jr 6-5 300 5.05
Athletic interior player with room to grow both physically and in a football sense. Good prospect down the line and a defender who gives 100%.
Samie Parker WR 1 5Sr 5-10 178 4.45
Quick, speedy wide out that stretches defenses deep. Slight build but a good third receiver at the next level and solid late round pick.
Junior Siavii DT 94 5Sr 6-4 320 5.15
Over-aged thumper in the middle with excellent size/speed numbers starting to come of "age". Greatly improved his game in 2003 and a solid late round choice.
Dan Weaver C 63 4Sr 6-4.5 280 5.50
Tough, nasty center but a limited athlete with marginal prospects for the next level.
Minnesota Pos Number Year Ht Wt 40
Marion Barber III  RB 21 4Jr 5-10 207 4.61
Tough interior runner with a good head for the game as well as bloodlines. Will be highly ranked going into 2004.
Ukee Dozier CB 25 4Sr 6-0 180 4.51
Solid cover corner that could play in zone at the next level.
Aaron Hosack WR 25 5Sr 6-3 212 4.72
Big bodied receiver solid hands but minimal speed. Typifies the "possession" wide out.
Terry Jackson II  RB 23 4Jr 5-10 185 4.48
Slight ball carrier best as a third-down back.
Paul Nixon OLB 47 5Sr 6-1 234 4.78
Undersized end that has the skills to play off the line. Should be able to stand-up on the outside in a three-four.
Thomas Tapeh FB 44 5Sr 6-0.5 223 4.71
Big, athletic ball carrier who can catch the pass. Not used as a lead fullback much but too slow to be a ball handler.
Ben Utecht TE 82 4Sr 6-5.5 250 4.82
Coming off successive poor campaigns. Catches the ball well but must get it back on track.
Eli Ward S 27 5Sr 5-11 200 4.71
Nice run stuffer with marginal skills against the pass.
Ben West ILB 59 5Sr 6-1 235 4.84
Tough, fierce and smart. Gets no notice in scouting circles but has a good shot at the next level.

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