NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones
7-5 Texas Christian will play 6-6 Michigan State tonight in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in what should be a predominantly defensive affair. TCU ranks 35th in the nation in scoring defense, while Michigan State is ranked ninth. However, although both the Horned Frogs (61st) and the Spartans (109th) have struggled to score, most of tonight’s interesting prospects are on the offensive side of the ball. Read on for more information regarding the top six players who may be playing tonight.
RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St.* (6’2″, 245)
Worked as part of a committee before assuming a workhorse role in 2012; rushed 350 times for 1,648 yards and 11 touchdowns. Massive back with power; somewhat reminiscent of Brandon Jacobs.
TE Dion Sims, Michigan St.* (6’5″, 285)
Massive inline blocking tight end; frequently retained in pass protection. Not athletic enough to challenge defenses deep but presents a size mismatch against most linebackers.
DE William Gholston, Michigan St.* (6’6″, 280)
Massive defensive end with long arms; plays with power on occasion. Not a dynamic pass rusher and plays with a sputtering motor. Never produced like a high draft pick despite physical tools.
CB Johnny Adams, Michigan St. (5’11”, 175)
Confident left cornerback whose size may prevent him from playing on the outside at the next level. Blitzing experience an added benefit for a potential slot cornerback; should earn mid-round consideration. Doubtful for tonight’s game.
WR Josh Boyce, Texas Christian* (5’11”, 205)
Caught 34 passes as a freshman before recording 61 as a sophomore; has 61 this season. Frequently used as a downfield threat; may have to establish another role at the next level due to speed (projected to run 40 yards in the 4.5 second range.)
OG Blaize Foltz, Texas Christian (6’4″, 310)
Missed most of the 2010 season with an injury, then recovered to start 13 games at right guard in 2011 en route to being named a member of the All-Mountain West Conference First Team.