Bowl Watch: Fiesta Bowl

TCU's dominating pass rusher, Jerry Hughes, is the marquee player in this battle against Boise State. The Horned Frogs, with a dominant defense, are 12-0. The Broncos, with a powerhouse offense, are 13-0.

Scout.com draft insider Chris Steuber is breaking down the top prospects in each of the bowl games. Today's game includes one players ranked among Steuber's top 50 senior prospects: TCU's Jerry Hughes (No. 14).

Fiesta Bowl

TV: Fox, 8 p.m. (Eastern).

Senior prospects to watch: TCU — Jerry Hughes (6-3, 255; No. 2 outside linebacker); Daryl Washington (6-3, 230; No. 3 middle linebacker); Marshall Newhouse (6-3, 317; No. 14 guard). Boise State — Kyle Wilson (6-0, 190; No. 6 cornerback); Richie Brockel (6-2, 247; No. 2 fullback).

Noteworthy: The teams met in the Poinsettia Bowl last season, with TCU holding Boise's running game to 28 yards on 20 carries in a 17-16 win. The Horned Frogs piled up eight tackles for losses. Horned Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton went from 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as a freshman and sophomore to 22 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior. TCU had a legitimate gripe about not playing for the national championship. They beat ranked BYU and Utah by a combined 58 points and posted a road win at Clemson. It's an offense vs. defense showdown, with Boise leading the nation with 44.2 points per game and TCU leading the nation in allowing only 233.3 yards per game. The Boise attack is led by the nation's top statistical passer, junior Kellen Moore, who threw 39 touchdown passes against three interceptions. He was sacked just five times.

Steuber's take: I thought one of them should have been in the national championship game. The top guy in this game is Jerry Hughes, an outside linebacker/defensive end. He's a stat machine. What he can do off the edge is incredible. Last year, he had 14 sacks and this year he has 11.5. He's a guy that you use strictly as a pass rusher. He has a quick first step and is hard to control off the edge. He possesses a solid repertoire of moves and can get off blocks with his high motor and tenacity. I think a lot of teams like him as an outside linebacker. Boise State is an interesting squad. They do have some good talent. Kyle Wilson is someone that I like. He's got good size and he's a playmaker. He does a lot of things well. Kind of a rangy guy, a guy who can cover at all different angles. He plays physical. He's their top prospect. He's definitely a guy who could be in the second or third round.


To see Chris Steuber's draft rankings, click here.


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