Citrus Bowl, 1/1: Michigan-Tennessee
A tale of two teams that just missed out on the big picture. Michigan lost to interstate rival Michigan State on a questionable call before losing to the hated Ohio State during the seasons last game which knocked them out of the Rose Bowl.
Tennessee unexpectedly beat Florida for the SEC Eastern Division crown only to lose the league championship a week later when LSU defeated them in the conference's title game.
This contest is rife with talent as four potential first round choices lay amongst the rosters. Tennessee's John Henderson could be the first pick of the draft, Donte' Stallworth may be selected in the middle of the initial frame if he declares while, Albert Haynesworth could sneak into the middle part of that round. All are juniors while Michigan senior Marquise Walker could make his way into the initial 32 picks if he runs well prior to the draft.
Other middle round choices to watch: Larry Foote is having a terrific season for the Wolverines and will be used at weak-side linebacker at the next level while Jonathan Goodwin has improved his run blocking from his guard position.
Volunteer back Travis Stephens, not rated by anyone, has literally carried himself into late round status while Fred Weary has returned to form after broken ankle and could move into the first day.
Michigan:Ronald Bellamy/WR, Eric Brackins/ILB, Larry Foote/OLB, Jake Frysinger/DE, Jonathan Goodwin/G, Victor Hobson/OLB, Todd Howard/CB, Bennie Joppru/TE, Ben Mast/G, John Navarre/QB, Bill Seymour/TE, Shawn Thompson/TE, Marquis Walker/WR
Tennessee: William Bartholomew/FB, Reggie Coleman/T, John Finlayson/TE, Teddy Gaines/CB, Tad Golden/S, Albert Haynesworth/DT, John Henderson/DT, Bernard Jackson/DE, Andre James/OLB, Edward Kendrick/DT, Andre Lott/CB, Willie Miles/CB, Will Overstreet/DE, Eric Parker/WR, Donte Stallworth/WR, Travis Stephens/RB, Dominique Stevenson/ILB, Fred Weary/C