Scouting the Liberty Bowl for NFL Talent

A terrific match-up as the SEC moves into a Liberty Bowl berth. Several talented athletes in the Gamecock secondary will try and stop Houston's lethal passing game. A number of first day picks will litter both sides of the ball.

South Carolina vs. Houston
ESPN, 4:30 P.M.

December 29th, 4:30PM EST, ESPN

South Carolina

 
 Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Fred Bennett CB 8 4Sr 3rd Physically gifted corner coming off a disappointing campaign.
Stanley Doughty DT 55 4Jr 4/5
Talented nose tackle prospect who fell out of favor with Steve Spurrier.  Headed to the draft.
Brandon Isaac S 26 4Sr FA Athletic developmental prospect with some upside.
Syvelle Newton WR 13 4Sr 4/5 Multi-purpose player that's been used at QB/WR/S.  Offers outstanding size/speed numbers and showed a lot of skill at receiver until a suspension forced him to move behind center.  
Sidney Rice WR 4 3So 1st Productive game controlling wide out who is silky smooth.  Has given different messages as to whether or not he'll enter the draft.
Chris White C 60 5Sr FA Stout blocker on the pivot who must do the little things well to make it at the next level.

Houston

 
Name Pos # Yr Rnd Comments
Jackie Battle RB 27 5Sr 6/7 Tough, well sized runner who picks up the tough yardage and excels near the goal line.  
Biren Ealy WR 82 5Sr FA
Former Arizona transfer who made a successful return to college ball.
Willie Gaston CB 10 5Sr FA Adequate cover corner with poor speed.
Will Gulley S 18 5Sr FA Large run stuffing safety who suffered a major knee injury late in the '04 season.  Slow for the stopwatch and could be tried at OLB.
Rodney Hannah TE 80 4Sr FA
Kevin Kolb QB 4 4Sr 3rd Intelligent passer with nice size.  Does a good job leading the offense.  
Marquay Love DT 99 4Sr FA
Quick, nose tackle prospect built low to the ground.  Works hard on the inside.
Vincent Marshall WR 17 5Sr 7th Undersized wide out with home run hitting speed.  A potential fourth wide out who must make an impact returning punts.

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