DXL Frisco Bowl Players To Watch
LB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State: Good as a sophomore, he turned into the star of the Aztec defense as the leading tackler from his spot in the middle of the linebacking corps. The 230-pounder came up with 120 stops in his All-Mountain West campaign, and was a killer behind the line with 8.5 sacks with 14.5 tackles for loss.
S Tariq Thompson, San Diego State: He hit the ground running with a huge freshman season with five interceptions, and while the stats weren’t quite as strong as a sophomore, he was still the sheriff of the secondary with 50 tackles with two picks. He’s a tough tackler who can get behind the line, but with seven broken up passes, he’s at his best when the ball is in the air.
QB Nathan Rourke, Ohio: It wasn’t quite the 21-rushing touchdown season of last year, but the junior from Canada still pounded out 816 yards and 13 scores as the main man for one of the MAC’s best running games. He also became a more accurate passer, connecting on 61% of his throws for 2,228 yards and 22 touchdowns with just seven picks.
S Javon Hagan, Ohio: One of the MAC’s best defensive backs over the last three seasons, the big-tackling All-MAC safety was second on the team with 72 tackles with two interceptions and four broken up passes. A force against the run and a great hitter in the open field, he seemingly gets in on everything with three double-digit stop games.