Hyundai Sun Bowl Players To Watch
RBs Qadree Ollison & Darrin Hall Sr. Pitt: The 225-pounders were game-wreckers as they took turns hitting home runs. Hall ran for 1,021 yards, going off in a two-game stretch with 229 yards and three scores against Virginia, and with 186 yards on just seven carries against Virginia Tech. Ollison led the team with 1,190 yards and 11 scores, destroying Virginia Tech for 236 yards and three scores and blasting through Syracuse for 192.
DE Rashad Weaver, Soph. Pitt: This wasn’t a huge year for the Pitt pass rush, but the 6-5, 260-pound Weaver did his part with a team-high 5.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Able to keep the pressure on throughout the year, he came up with at least one tackle for loss in ten of the 13 games. As good as he was, he didn’t receive anything in the way of all-conference recognition.
QB KJ Costello, Jr. Stanford: The Cardinal needed him to come up with a big season, and he ripped it up from the start with a 332-yard, four-score day against San Diego State. On the season, he kept pushing the ball deep, and he bailed out the offense time and again with seven 300-yard games and 29 touchdowns on the year. With Bryce Love not playing, Costello has to be on, and he has to be even better than he was last season when he threw two picks and 212 yards in the bowl loss to TCU.
CB Paulson Adebo, Soph. Stanford: Teams tested the sophomore and paid dearly for giving it a shot. Adebo isn’t all that big, but he can hit, coming up with 60 tackles with 40 of them in the open field. However, he was at his best when the ball was in the air, making four picks with 18 broken up passes.