Scouting the Liberty Bowl

A battle of two exceptional non-BCS teams squaring off in Memphis. The Louisville Cardinals offer a surplus of talented players from both the senior and underclassmen ranks that will impact the draft starting this April.

Boise State 

Chris Carr/CB/1/4Sr: Versatile defender that's been used at both cornerback and safety along with being a game breaking kick returner.  Feisty and has potential as a dime back at the next level yet must make his mark on special teams.   

Daryn Colledge/T73/4Jr: Athletic tackle that does an excellent job protecting the blind side.  Strong, efficient and hard working.  May not have the size most want at tackle and could eventually be kicked inside to guard.

Gabe Franklin/CB/16/5Sr:  Instinctive corner back with solid size\speed numbers.  Likes to mix it up and make plays on the ball.  Needs to refine the technical aspects of his game yet a dime back that could eventually develop into a starter at the next level.

Tyler Jones/PK/85/4Sr: Big legged kicker who must improve his accuracy and ability to directional kick. 


Lionel Gates/RB/23/4Sr: Straight-line runner with a burst of speed and good power.  Prone to breaking the big run.  Struggled with injuries throughout the season and as a result has watched his draft stock slip.

Antoine Harris/CB/25/5Sr: Former receiver who moved to cornerback two seasons ago.  Excellent athlete with top size\speed numbers but a prospect still learning his new position and very rough around the edges.

Marcus Jones/OLB/56/5Sr: Speedy collegiate defensive end that excels as a pass rusher.  Also displays the ability to drop off the line and play in space, something he must do with regularity to make it at the next level.

Travis Leffew/T/78/4Jr:  Athletic yet underrated tackle that's been dominant the past two seasons.  Tough, strong and an excellent pass protector.  Lacks the great size yet offers a good amount of upside for the next level. 

Stefan LeFors/QB/17/5Sr:  Undersized but intelligent quarterback always in control of the situation.  Commands the offense, shows a penchant for winning and gets the job done.  Lacks the great arm and will never be a starting passer at the next level.  Could eventually be tried at receiver or in the defensive backfield.

Robert McCune/ILB/54/5Sr: Tough, hard hitting defender with outstanding speed and strength.  Flies around the football, forces the action and fast sideline-to-sideline.  Late reactor that does not show top instincts and does more chasing than diagnosing.

Kerry Rhodes/S/1/5Sr: Athletic defensive back that's been used at both safety and corner.  Possesses top size\speed numbers and flashes on the scene.  Must improve the technical aspects as well as his overall consistency. 

J.R. Russell/WR/3/5Sr:  Nice sized possession receiver with consistent hands.  Continually comes away with the tough grab in traffic and a reliable target.  Does not play to his timed speed nor is he a pass catcher that makes plays down the field.  Solid second day consideration.

Eric Shelton/RB/32/4Jr: King sized ball carrier with excellent speed as well as running back instincts.  More than a road grade that barrels over defenders rather an intelligent back that sees the field, follows blocks and  picks his spots.  Likely to enter the draft after a solid season coupled with the potential coaching change at Louisville.

Joshua Tinch/WR/9/5Sr: Good sized pass catcher who flashes skill on occasion.  Free agent prospect that must show consistency this summer to make it at the next level.

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