Could this year’s Alamo Bowl be the last game of Robert Griffin III‘s career? I would say a majority of people think so, and he has a chance to go out with a bang against the Washington Huskies, who boast a couple of top NFL prospects of their own.
The bad news for Washington is that they are giving up more than 33 points per game, and Baylor is probably chomping at the bit to be able to get a shot at these guys, but they won’t go down without a fight.
Washington features one of the nation’s best running backs in junior Chris Polk who has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons and has finally come into his own as a receiver in 2011 as well, catching a career-high 29 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns. Polk’s production over the last three years has likely earned him a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and I definitely think you’ll see him leave after this year.
One huge bright spot this year for Washington has been the production from sophomore quarterback Keith Price, who is undersized at 6’1″ 195 pounds but definitely doesn’t lack for talent. He’s passed for 2,625 yards this season with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, completing over 67 percent of his passes.
He has done an excellent job of spreading the ball around to a variety of different receivers, and while receiver Jermaine Kearse hasn’t exactly had a phenomenal season statistically, he leads the team in catches with 42 and is tied for the team lead with six touchdown catches. The senior was definitely one of Jake Locker’s favorite targets, catching 63 passes for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, but has seen a bit of a production hit with the quarterback change.
If you are looking for a real future NFL stud prospect, you may have to look no further than Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has 36 catches for 479 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman. Most impressive? He is 6’6″ 258 pounds, already an NFL body type as a true freshman. He might have a little bit of Rob Gronkowski in him.
Another player I really like in this game on the other sideline is wide receiver Kendall Wright, who has been a huge playmaker for the Bears in 2011 with 101 receptions for 1,572 yards and 13 touchdowns, including one of the more incredible catch and runs I have seen all year, any level.
The Bears also boast one of the top running backs in the Big 12 conference in senior Terrance Ganaway, who has rushed for 1,347 yards and 16 touchdowns averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He needs to show more as a receiver, but he could be similar in the NFL to a Shonn Greene or LeGarrette Blount type, in terms at least of size.
If RG3 decides to leave school early, it would be interesting to see if junior wide receiver Terrance Williams would decide to do the same. Williams is 6’3″ and definitely having the best season of his career with 11 touchdowns. I think he would benefit from a year as the featured receiver next season, and Baylor has a solid QB coming up next year in junior Nick Florence.
Check this game out at 4:30 on ESPN.