Redbox Bowl Players To Watch
QB Justin Herbert, Jr. Oregon: Either he’s the first quarterback taken in the upcoming NFL Draft – assuming he’s leaving early – or he’ll be second behind Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins if he declares himself eligible.
The 6-6, 233-pounder was on for most of last year’s bowl loss to Boise State – except for those two bad interceptions. He’s been fine this season, but he’s just under a 60% completion rate with 28 touchdown passes and eight picks. The tools are all there, but if this is in, he needs to go out with a bang against this brilliant MSU defense.
DE Jalen Jelks, Sr. Oregon: Speaking of trying to show off for the pro guys, this is a moment for the 6-6, 245-pound All-Pac-12 performer as a key to the solid Duck defensive front. He made 54 tackles on the year with 3.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, and now he’s back after missing the Oregon State game with a leg injury. While he’s not 100%, he’ll give it a go.
RB LJ Scott, Sr. Michigan State: It’s been an interesting run. Scott was hurt for most of the year, and it appeared he was going to redshirt to play next year. But he did an about-face and will turn pro after playing against the Ducks. Despite playing in just four games, he was third on the team in rushing with 180 yards. Last season he ripped through Washington State for 110 yards and two scores in the bowl win. Now it’s job interview time – he has to get back on the NFL radar.
LB Joe Bachie, Jr. Michigan State: The main man in the middle of the killer linebacking corps and run defense, the First Team All-Big Ten star led the team with 94 tackles with a sack, 8.5 tackles for loss and five broken up passes. He’s not huge, but he’s one of the Big Ten’s steadiest and most consistent tacklers – expect at least ten stops.