finally got what we were all anticipating from Jadeveon Clowney after he flattened Michigan's Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl and was selected first overall in the 2014 draft. For the first time, Clowney displayed what made him such a tantalizing
on pro day. Iowa's C.J. Beathard didn't run at either opportunity, citing a hamstring injury from Iowa's Outback Bowl appearance . Of the 15 quarterbacks at the combine, 12 tested in the 40-yard dash. Kaaya, Beathard and Baylor
Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) stretches for the goal line in front of Florida defensive back Marcell Harris (26) during the first half of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Beathard was stopped on the 1-yard line. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Game: Outback Bowl (vs. Iowa), 1 p.m., ABC Before the season, Brantley said he believed he was the best defensive tackle in the country. I'm not going to argue with him, because when he's on his game, he's as disruptive a defender as there is in college football. Iowa's interior offensive line is tough enough for NFL scouts to get an idea of how Brantley would fare on Sundays.
Game: Outback Bowl (vs. Iowa), 1 p.m., ABC Wilson should be a favorite of NFL teams looking for the next Richard Sherman. He's a big corner with enough athleticism and toughness to stand up to playmakers. His highlight-reel interceptions (made whether in man or zone coverage) and hard hits when attacking plays behind the line are enticing to scouts studying the top defensive backs in the country.
Game: Outback Bowl (vs. Iowa), 1 p.m., ABC Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, who will get his own shot in the NFL, is throwing between a rock in Quincy Wilson and a hard place in Teez Tabor in the Outback Bowl . Tabor doesn't have the size that Wilson does, but quarterbacks throwing in his direction have learned the hard way about his ability to anticipate throws and fight through the catch to knock away passes. There isn't a tougher defender in the country when the ball is in the air, and that's as important a trait as any other in evaluating a defensive back. The Hawkeyes will have to throw the ball if the run game can't get going against Florida's front seven, so there will be chances for Wilson and Tabor to show their wares.
Game: Outback Bowl (vs. Florida), 1 p.m., ABC The Hawkeyes' top cover man couldn't replicate his eight interceptions from 2015, but it wasn't expected that he would produce like that again. League coaches still named him first-team All-Big Ten because there's not another corner you fear more. King's ball skills are excellent. His strength and awareness are even more impressive. He will knock receivers around, and running toward his side of the field can be hazardous to the health of running backs. Florida needs to find a passing game to beat Iowa in the Outback Bowl , so the senior will likely be tested by sophomore Antonio Callaway on the outside. Scouts will have great interest in that battle.
to live up to the hype that's surrounded his name since he virtually decapitated Michigan RB Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl . You remember that hit. The one where Clowney exploded through a gap, decleated Smith and scooped up a loose ball
Or, in the case of Melvin Gordon , the first touchdown. Gordon found pay dirt for the first time since the 2015 Outback Bowl with a 44-yard touchdown reception in a preseason loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. It's preseason, so
Class (size): Junior (6-4, 240) For all the talk about how big Alabama's RB Derrick Henry was last year, Hurd is about the same size. He's also more proven as a receiver with 57 career catches. Hurd ran for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, and capped it with an Outback Bowl MVP. ...