Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Players To Watch
QB Ryquell Armstead, Temple: He missed a few games in the middle of the season, but he came back on fire, running through UCF for 142 yards and following it up with 210 yards and three scores against Houston. The offense might work through the passing game, but with close to 1,100 yards and 13 scores on the year, he balances things out.
DT Michael Dogbe, Temple: More than just a rock in the middle of the defensive line, the 280-pounder is a devastating interior pass rusher with seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss with three forced fumbles in his all-conference season. Quick off the ball, he came up with 3.5 tackles for loss in key wins over both Maryland and Houston.
QB Daniel Jones, Duke: It’s been an up-and-down year for the 6-5, 220-pound veteran, hitting just 59% of his passes for 2,251 yards and 17 scores and seven picks, and he’s been able to run for a few yards, too. He failed to hit half of his throws in two of the last four games, but he hasn’t made too many mistakes. When he’s on, Duke is fantastic, going 4-0 this year when he throws three or more touchdown passes.
LB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke: The tackling machine has missed the last few games of the regular season with a slight knee injury. He’s hurt, his running mate Ben Humphreys has been bothered by a knee problem, and Duke will need them both. When he’s right, Giles-Harris is good for at least ten stops against a team like this as a thumper against the run.
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