Texas vs.The Nation Bowl: Texas Squad

Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber previews Saturday's Texas vs. The Nation Bowl, pointing out the players from the Texas squad you should keep an eye on during the game. Former LSU Tiger RB Alley Broussard is just one name to remember.

Texas vs. The Nation
Saturday, February 2, 2008
4:00 p.m. (ET) on CSTV

Texas Team Head Coach: Gene Stallings

This afternoon's Texas vs. The Nation game is the last bowl game for senior prospects to participate in before the NFL Scouting Combine. This game primarily features prospects who will be drafted between rounds 3–7 or who will be added to NFL rosters as undrafted free agents in early May.

Today’s focus will be on the Texas squad and some players to keep an eye on this Saturday.

Click here for the Nation team members to keep an eye on today.

Players to Watch:

TE, Kolo Kapanui, West Texas A&M – Kapanui is an interesting prospect who started his career at USC before transferring to Division II West Texas A&M. He has great skills as a receiver, but has battled some injuries during his career. He moves well laterally, displays good speed downfield, and has soft hands.

RB, Alley Broussard, Missouri Southern – A former standout at LSU, Broussard left the Tigers to dedicate his time to academics, but that all changed when he enrolled at Missouri Southern. Broussard had a great season for the Division II school and displayed his aggressive running style. He’s a big body who moves extremely well and is shifty in the open field. Look for Broussard to break off a big run up the middle this weekend.

Miami WR Lance Leggett runs onto the field.
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WR, Lance Leggett, Miami – Leggett has good size and speed but remains inconsistent. He has trouble getting off the line and doesn’t catch the ball cleanly coming out of his breaks. Injuries have hampered his development, but if he can put his skills together, he has a shot to be a third receiver in an offense.

RB, Xavier Omon, Northwest Missouri State – Omon is a strong runner who enjoyed a tremendous season for NWMS, rushing for 2,337 yards and 38 touchdowns. He’s doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s shifty and is hard to bring down. Omon will shine on Saturday.

WR, Danny Amendola, Texas Tech – Amendola resembles Patriots WR Wes Welker, who also attended Texas Tech. He’s a guy who can do a lot of things on the football field. He has sure hands, good speed and finds openings within a defense. He’s also a valuable return specialist. He may lack size, but he has a lot of heart.

DT, Jason Shirley, Fresno State – Shirley is a bit of an enigma. He has a lot of talent and is a massive force inside, but he’s been a distraction off the field. If he’s able to mature and do the right things on and off the field, he has a chance to be a special player. He amazingly strong and quick off the line and defends the run really well. He will have a chance to show scouts this weekend that he’s turned a corner.

CB, Marquis Carpenter, Texas A&M – Carpenter is a physical corner who is not very fast, but plays tough and likes to mix it up. He has to get stronger, but he’s a good corner who transitions well in coverage. He has playmaking ability, but most of those opportunities come on gambles.

CB, Damon Nickson, Middle Tennessee – An intriguing defender, Nickson is versatile and possesses ball-hawking skills. He plays off defenders a little too much, but displays a solid burst and anticipates the action well. He doesn’t have top-end speed, but is quick and contributes on special teams.

For more information on some of this year’s top prospects, click here to view Scout.com’s exclusive coverage of the 2008 Senior Bowl.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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