Quick Lane Bowl Players To Watch
RB Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota: A godsend after the loss of star back Rodney Smith for the season, the 5-10, 205-pound Ibrahim, ran for 95 yards or more in seven of the nine games he plated a major role in. Quick, tough, and reliable, he finished the season with 936 yards and seven scores in his freshman season.
LB Carter Coughlin, Minnesota: The hybrid outside linebacker/pass rusher came up with 46 tackles on the year and was good against the run, but he was great at getting behind the line with 9.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Quick and with a relentless motor, he was a problem for Ohio State with two sacks and three tackles for loss, but against Georgia Tech, his job will be to control the outside.
QB TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech: Amazing when he was healthy, he blasted through Louisville for 175 yards and USF for 113 as part of a huge first half of the season. He missed time in the middle of the year, but he came back to finish with 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s not Drew Brees throwing the ball – completing 44% of his passes, but he can hit the occasional deep ball to open things up.
P Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech: With an offense that controls the clock and a team that’s all about field position and time of possession, the punting game matters. Georgia Tech is tenth in the nation in net punting with Harvin averaging 44.3 yards per kick putting 13 of his 31 kicks inside the 20.