TV: ESPN, 7 p.m. (Eastern).
Senior prospects to watch: Central Michigan — Dan LeFevour (6-3, 230; No. 7 senior quarterback); Bryan Anderson (6-5, 215; No. 19 receiver); Frank Zombo (6-4, 260; No. 20 defensive end). Troy — Boris Lee (6-0, 245); No. 5 middle linebacker); Brandon Lang (6-4, 256; No. 6 defensive end); Cameron Sheffield (6-2, 249; No. 11 outside linebacker).
Noteworthy: In the midst of all the BCS games, we get this one. Don't laugh at Troy, though, which has produced Osi Umenyiora (New York Giants), DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys) and Leodis McKelvin (Buffalo Bills). The aforementioned trio will join them in the NFL. Lee had three sacks and 13 tackles for losses, Lang had 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for losses and Sheffield had seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for losses. Lang, who missed most of 2007 with a knee injury, had 10.5 sacks in 2008, too. Troy has an interesting senior quarterback, the athletic Levi Brown (6-4, 219; No. 25 senior), who threw for 3,868 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Central Michigan coach Butch Jones replaces Notre Dame-bound Brian Kelly at Cincinnati, so Steve Stripling has taken over on an interim basis. He's got the top weapon in LeFevour, whose 41 total touchdowns (27 passing, 14 rushing) ran his career total to an NCAA-record 141. Junior Antonio Brown is his go-to man with 97 receptions, and the towering Anderson caught 57 passes and has at least one in an NCAA-record 53 straight.
Steuber's take: Troy has some good defenders. I'm higher on Boris Lee than most analysts. But when I study Lee on film, he's a guy that's all over the field; always involved in the action. At 6-foot, 245 pounds, Lee lacks ideal height, but has the bulk to withstand the constant punishment he will endure at the next level. He gets off blocks cleanly, locates the ball and possesses proper tackling technique. He's a tackling machine and has led Troy in tackles the last couple of years. Speed is also an issue with Lee, and in a Combine setting he could struggle. But on the field, he's a beast and a player that should come off the board between the fourth and fifth round. Lang and Sheffield are pass rushers and they're very good. Lang is the more touted player at this point and will receive third-round consideration. Sheffield is more of a fourth-, fifth-round prospect right now. It will be interesting to see how they run at the Combine, considering that they're both undersized defenders. Brown has a good arm and makes good decisions, but when you play in the Sun Belt conference against teams like North Texas and Western Kentucky, it's hard to truly judge him. I think he has a future at the next level, but I don't foresee him being a high pick. He may even go undrafted. We all know about Dan LeFevour. He's going to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick. He's more of an athlete at this time; not the pocket passer that you want. He possesses great size and athleticism, and plays the game with great passion. But he has just an average arm and has to work on his mechanics. He's a great leader in the huddle and in the locker room, but has a long way to go as an NFL quarterback. He's a developmental quarterback and could eventually emerge as a solid backup.
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