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TFG: A Fantastic Foursome Edition

Who are some of the key prospects to keep an eye on during a day of new beginnings and ending of eras?

Paul Perkins. Could the Titans dip into the Pac-12 RB pool again?
Paul Perkins. Could the Titans dip into the Pac-12 RB pool again?
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Hyundai Sun Bowl 2 PM CBS

Miami vs. Washington State

Location: Sun Bowl (home of UT-El Paso), El Paso, TX

- The Hurricanes of Miami travel to El Paso looking to end 2015 on a victorious note for incoming head coach Mark Richt. Miami finished the regular season with a 8-4 record, which was good for third place in the ACC Coastal division. Washington State is led by Mike Leach, who has a gift for gab and pirate garb to go along with his legendary Air Raid philosophy. Both offenses feature potent passing attacks and not so much on the defensive side. The Cougars finished with an 8-4 record despite an embarrassing loss to FCS Portland State in the season opener. They finished in third place in the Pac-12 North division.

Miami prospects to watch

1.Stacy Coley 6’1 187 WR Junior

- Phillip Dorsett who? Coley could end up being a better receiver than Dorsett in their Miami careers. He was a highly touted recruit that signed with the Canes despite their uncertain QB situation and NCAA allegations at the time. Needs to improve his consistency in route running and hands. Needs to quit looking for the home run play and takes what the defense gives him. Experienced at both punt and kick returns. Needs to add more muscle to his frame as currently built, he won’t hold up for the rigors of an NFL schedule.

2. Deon Bush 6’1 205 S Senior

- Bush is a Canes lifer in that he stuck around even with all the negativity surrounding the program. On the field, he could end up challenging for the best safety in the class when it’s all said and done. Miami’s best defender and it isn’t close. Been used in a variety of situations. Needs to hit the weight room along with Coley. Fundamentally sound tackler and is very consistent in pass defense.

3. Brad Kaaya 6'4 210 QB Sophomore (2017)

- Kaaya is one of the better young QBs that still hasn't reached draft eligibility. He started every game his freshman season and was very good for a still rebuilding Canes program. He possesses an average arm but gets by on sheer determination alone as Miami's OL was on par with Penn State's terrible OL. Will be on a lot of watch lists for next year. Compared to Ken Dorsey, another Miami QB with California ties. His mother played the role of "Felicia" in the classic movie, "Friday".

4. Al-Quadin Muhammad 6'3 256 DL and Chad Thomas 6'5 275 DL Sophomore (2017)

- These two bookends will be two of the better defensive linemen in the 2017 draft. Thomas is looking to restore the legacy of dominant Hurricane defensive linemen and has lived up to his high billing. Muhammad has shown flashes but has yet to put it together.

NEW ERA Pinstripe Bowl 3:30 PM ABC

Indiana vs. Duke

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

- No, these two blue blood college basketball powerhouses aren't playing an outdoor hoops game in Babe Ruth's house. Indiana HC Kevin Wilson has led the Hoosiers program to respectability during his tenure (which is a huge upgrade from serving as a distraction until hoops season starts). Indiana gave a massively talented but apathetic Buckeyes a scare in 2015 before stud RB Ezekiel Elliott rescued them. Duke HC David Cutcliffe is the main man behind Duke being in ACC Coastal contention in recent years. It's quite remarkable what he has accomplished in Durham thus far.

Indiana prospect to watch

1. Jordan Howard 6'1 230 RB Junior

- Howard transferred to Indiana after UAB (temporarily) shut the football program down for financial reasons. He's a big physical back that led C-USA in rushing last year. He's had a great year for the Hoosiers after transferring in. Currently dealing with a knee sprain. Questionable to play.

Duke prospect to watch

1. Max McCaffrey 6'2 200 WR Senior

- The "other" McCaffrey brother is a good player in his own right. A good route runner with dad's smarts and instincts. Not the flashiest guy but will get the job done. Bloodlines are impressive as father Ed was a great receiver for the Denver Broncos and brother Christian was a Heisman finalist this year.

2 Jeremy Cash 6'2 210 S Senior

- Cash has been one of the better safeties in this year's class. He's a good tackler with above average form. Can play both safety spots if needed. Will miss the bowl game with a broken wrist.

Camping World Independence Bowl 5:45 PM ESPN

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech

Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

- Texas fans (including MCM's own SuperHorn) will be watching this one with significant interest as Tulsa's OC and OL coach was brought to Austin to jumpstart a stagnating offense. Tulsa's HC is Phillip Montgomery (Baylor's OC under Art Briles) and runs similar concepts to Baylor's high powered attack. And oh, there's this motivation thing for the Hokies to send retiring HC Frank Beamer a winner in his last ever game. Virginia Tech hired arguably the hottest coaching candidate this year in former Memphis HC Justin Fuente. Another home run for them was retaining the services of a great DC in Bud Foster.

Virginia Tech prospects to watch

1. Luther Maddy 6'0 293 DT RS Senior

- A poor man's Jurrell Casey if you will. He's a traditional pass rushing defensive tackle with a decent amount of agility. His strong base and subsequent pass rush moves/run defense compare favorably to DaQuan Jones.

2. Kendall Fuller 6'0 197 CB Junior Virginia Tech

- Fuller can make an argument that he is one of the best cornerbacks in the nation. He has impressive NFL/NCAA bloodlines as he's the youngest brother of the Fuller clan that were Hokies and went on to the NFL. There is also a Titans connection as oldest brother Vincent was a 2005 draft pick. Kendall might the best of the family, which is saying something because Kyle was pretty good during his rookie year in 2014. Instincts and fundamentals are excellent. Athleticism is very good as well. He has the speed to keep up with the faster receivers and plays bigger than his measurements.

Foster Farms Bowl 9:15 PM ESPN

UCLA vs. Nebraska

Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

- Nebraska travels to the Bay Area to take on UCLA in what is a de facto home game for the Bruins. UCLA had a down 2015 in comparison to their expectations of winning the conference. True freshman QB Josh Rosen had his rookie moments but looks like a star in the making. The Huskers limped to 5-7 during the year with some crazy heartbreaking losses. They did beat Michigan State in a wild thriller that resulted in controversy. Nebraska HC Mike Riley will look to begin a rebound 2016 with a win in Northern California.

UCLA prospects to watch

1. Paul Perkins RB 5'10 210 RS Junior

- Perkins is probably the nation's most underrated back in the country due to the hype of the backs above him. He's a explosive athlete with very capable hands out of the backfield. Character is excellent as well. Had to carry the Bruins offense at times with a freshman QB Josh Rosen suffering the typical freshman inconsistencies.

2. Kenny Clark 6'3 308 DT Junior

- Clark has been the Bruins' best defender in 2015. He's played tackle, end, and some nose tackle for UCLA throughout his career. Position and scheme versatile. Possibly the most technically refined defensive lineman in the country. Knows when and how to use power/finesse in every move. Lateral agility is an issue, however. High running motor but that can be exploited against him when he's lost in the wash. Fires off the ball really well for a guy his size.

Nebraska prospects to watch

1. Maliek Collins 6’2 300 DT Junior

- Collins is more of an athlete than a technician at the tackle spot. His footwork and agility are above average. However, it’s all he needs to improve on technique instead of relying on his speed and athleticism. Hand usage is good enough to get by. Needs to develop a countermove to offset his great first step.

2. Jordan Westerkamp 6’0 195 WR RS Junior

- Westerkamp is Nebraska’s top returning receiver and will replace the departed Kenny Bell as the lead dog. Due to his size limitations, he will be limited to the slot in the NFL unless he shows some improvement on the outside. It could be a long 2015 for him as Nebraska’s QB situation is unsettled and very inconsistent. Off field questions have risen as a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at his home while he was present with several other teammates. No charges have been filed in the case as of this writing.