Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Players To Watch
RB LeVante Bellamy, Western Michigan: The smallish speedster is a strong receiver – catching 24 passes – and led the team with 1,172 rushing yards with six scores. He’s the big hitter, and veteran Jamauri Bogan adds the scoring punch with 15 rushing touchdowns. They’ll combine the load, but Bellamy is the 100-yard threat. These two will have to carry the offense.
QB Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan: It’s no coincidence that WMU’s slide started after losing starting quarterback Jon Wassink to a foot injury – he’s not expected to be back for the bowl. Freshman Kaleb Eleby hasn’t been awful, but the passing game has sputtered too much. In four games, Eleby has thrown for 917 yards and four touchdowns with two picks and two rushing touchdowns.
QB Zach Wilson, BYU: It was one of the key turns in the season when the offense turned to the freshman at quarterback. He wasn’t a bomber, and he had a few down moments, but he completed 62% of his throws and got the passing game going a bit. He threw eight touchdown passes and three picks in his seven games of meaningful work, and when needed, he can run a little bit.
LB Sione Takitaki, BYU: The veteran leader of the strong run defense came up with 99 tackles, two sacks and eight tackles for loss, becoming a double-digit tackling machine late in the season. He was already good, and then he started getting in on everything, with 11 tackles or more in four of the last five games.