R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Players To Watch
QB Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee: Around through two injured years for a great five-year career, he moved into the top 40 college football passers of all-time with 12,142 yards and 105 touchdowns and just 33 interceptions. Hitting 70% of his throws, he had his sharpest season of his great career with 28 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
LB DQ Thomas, Middle Tennessee: Only 212 pounds, he’s not all that big, but he can fly, getting all over the field for 67 tackles while leading the team with seven sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He owned UAB in the first meeting of the two with two sacks and seven tackles, and closed out the regular season with a season-high eight stops in the Conference USA title game.
QB Zach Thomas, Appalachian State: It was mostly his job to not screw up and let the defense get the job done – but he was more than that. He threw for just 1,862 yards and 18 touchdowns, but he only gave away four picks with none in the last six games. With ten rushing scores – including two in the Sun Belt title game – he got the job done.
CB Clifton Duck, Appalachian State: One of the Sun Belt’s best cover-corners over the last few seasons, he earned First Team All-Conference honors with just one interception – teams stopped throwing at him after he picked off 11 passes in his first two years. Ultra-quick, he’s an all-star punt returner, too, averaging close to 13 yards per try this season.