Wake passing duo guys to watch in bowl double dip … There are a couple of bowl games set for Friday for those who need a little something to get warmed up for Saturday’s NFL schedule and/or just need to get warmed up if they are in the path of the bad weather including Houston (7-5) against Louisiana (6-6) in the Independence Bowl (3 PM ET; ESPN) and Wake Forest (7-5) versus Missouri (6-6) in the Gasparilla Bowl (6:30 PM ET; ESPN). The latter game, which will be the last hurrah for the celebrated Wake passing combination of QB Sam Hartman (#10, 6-1, 210) and WR A.T. Perry (#9, 6-3, 210). The rangy Perry, in particular, is a legitimate second-day prospect, while Hartman should start to get consideration early in the third-day. Missouri actually would have had the better overall prospect pool, but literally all their best players either opted out (DE Isaiah Maguire) or entered the transfer portal (WR Dominic Lovett).
A receiver may also be the best overall prospect in the Independence game as Houston WR Nathaniel Dell (#1, 5-9, 165) is another solid early third-day candidate. Dell is a little undersized, but is very quick and this year had over 100 receptions for over 1,300 and 15 TDs, the most in college football this year. Dell catches passes from QB Clayton Thune (#3, 6-2, 220), another pretty good third-day prospect, who threw for almost 3,900 yards this season as he completed 67% of his throws including 37 for scores versus 10 picks. The Cougars also have a productive edge rusher in OLB D’Anthony Jones (#44, 6-2, 270) who had 7 sacks this season. On the other hand, the Ragin’ Cajuns – the best nickname in college sports – likely won’t have anyone drafted this year, but do have a couple of players who could get some free-agent interest in DT ZL’Yon Hill-Green (#4, 6-0, 285), who has 21 career sacks, and SS Bralen Trahan (#24, 5-11, 205).