Scouting The Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl
By Bill Lund
As part of Football.com's coverage of all 35 bowl games, we will provide a draft prospect-primer, so you know whom to watch during every postseason game.
The Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl features Ohio University vs. East Carolina. Not the most marquee of matchups, but one that does have a couple of future pro prospects. They will be prospects who primarily will fill the back end of NFL rosters, but sometimes in the NFL it only takes an opportunity to go from an unknown to a star.
Tyler Tettleton, QB
It’s amazing that a player who has led his team to an historical win over Penn State and two bowl wins the past three years while setting several school records has gone unnoticed. Tettleon is a smaller quarterback, but he has dynamic ability as a both a runner and thrower. He will stand in the pocket and deliver a strike, but Tettleton is as his best on the move. His athleticism may merit a look as a third-down back rather than a quarterback at the next level.
T.J. Carrie, CB
Carrie was granted a sixth year of eligibility after a shoulder injury ended his 2012 campaign. An All-MAC performer in 2011, Carrie was projected to be a mid- to late-round selection. Carrie has good size and plays physical. He shows ability to transition and make clean breaks. Speed will be a question for Carrie. He also shows some versatility as a punt returner, averaging over 12 yards a return.
Beau Blankenship, RB
The transfer from Iowa State has been a workhorse for the Bobcats. Blankenship runs with good pad level and shows a good burst through the hole. He has good lateral quickness and adequate speed. He'd be a back in the Danny Woodhead mold in the NFL.
Donte Foster, WR
An ALL-MAC receiver with good quicks, who shows the ability to get off the line of scrimmage. A fluid runner who can gain yards after the catch, Foster is not big or physical but has good ball skills and can make a move in the open field.
Derrell Johnson, OLB
A tweener linebacker, Johnson could project as a OLB/rush end in a 3-4 defense. Johnson has a good burst and plays physical. He show a good first step off the edge, but needs to develop more skill in using his hands in the pass rush.
Vintavious Cooper, RB
Cooper is well-built smaller back with good speed and agility. He has good hands out of the backfield and shows the versatility to be used in a variety of ways by NFL coordinators. He will be predominately a third-down/change-of-pace back at the next level.
Damon Magazu, S
Magazu has been a playmaker for the Pirates, a ball-hawking safety who is a good tackler and shows tremendous football instincts. He has good speed, but measurables may cause teams to pause in determining where he may be selected.