Scouting the C-USA Title Game

An invitation to the Liberty Bowl is on the line as perennial Conference USA power Southern Mississippi takes on Houston, who looks to win its' first league title in ten years. The Cougars have nearly a half-dozen draftable prospects while USM may not have a single player selected next April.

Houston Cougars

Name Pos Yr # Rnd Comments
Jackie Battle RB 5Sr 27 7th Nice sized interior ball carrier who could be used as a short-yardage/lead blocker.
Biren Ealy WR 5Sr 82 FA Former Arizona transfer moderately successful in his return to college football after a layoff.
Willie Gaston CB 5Sr 10 FA Nice sized cover-man that's yet to develop a complete game.
Will Gulley S 5Sr 18 7th
King sized safety who did a terrific job returning from the knee injury which shelved him in '05. Forceful against the run while improving in pas coverage.
Rodney Hannah TE 4Sr 80 7th Former UH basketball who made a successful transition to the football field.  Needs a lot more work but offers a large degree of upside.
Kevin Kolb QB 4Sr 4 3rd Ultra-productive passer coming off a terrific campaign.  Has the physical tools to play at the next level and potentially a first day pick.
Marquay Love DT 4Sr 99 FA Underrated interior defender who could play on the nose.
Vincent Marshall WR 5Sr 17 7th Tiny but productive receiver who must earn his wage as a return specialist at the next level.


Southern Mississippi Eagles

Name Pos Yr # Rnd Comments
Travis Cooley G 5Sr 55 FA Undersized yet explosive lineman with potential in a zone-blocking scheme.
Jasper Faulk S 5Sr 21 FA Smallish safety with solid cover skills who could be used as a dime back.
Anthony Perine WR 4Sr 13 FA Sure-handed wide out coming off a disappointing campaign.

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