College bowls continued this weekend and while some highly touted and some not-so-highly touted quarterbacks stole most of the headlines, there were plenty of other players that stood out.
Josh Allen, quarterback (Wyoming)
Allen tossed three touchdowns in the first quarter and each one of them displayed a different strength. His first was an absolute dart to the receiver running through traffic on a post route, his second was on a scramble, and his third was a 50-yard deep shot dropped right into the proverbial bucket. Allen ultimately finished with only 11 completions on 19 attempts for 154 yards because he was so dominant in the first quarter. This is the tape that NFL scouts and general managers will point as the reason Allen should be drafted in the first round.
Joe Ostman, edge rusher (Central Michigan)
The FBS leader in sacks for several weeks, Ostman lacks height at 6’3”, but manages to beat offensive lineman with a variety of pass rush moves. A high motor player, the senior defensive end was a pest all day against Wyoming, finishing with two sacks, two tackles-for-loss, had several more pressures, and drew multiple holding calls. A potential late rounder, Ostman is another Shrine game participant.
KeKe Coutee, wide receiver (Texas Tech)
Mostly used in the slot, Coutee can be effective all over the field. He’s a small, scrappy player whose speed is likely to impress at the combine. Against USF, the Red Raider made clutch catches all game. By catching 11 passes for 187 yards, close to 50 percent of Texas Tech’s yardage in the passing game was due to Coutee. He also threw in a 41-yard kick return. It’s unknown if the junior wideout will declare for the draft, but considering his quarterback is a senior, an announcement appears likely.
Deadrin Senat, defensive tackle (USF)
Senat was productive in the game against Texas Tech against both the run and the pass. He finished with three sacks of Nic Shimonek, although some of that was due to solid coverage on the back end. Throughout the game he bull rushed his way through single or even double blocks in the run game. The Shrine game invitee did a particularly exceptional job in the red zone by getting low and clogging up the middle of the line, which shut down several inside runs by the offense.
Rashaad Penny, running back (San Diego State)
Although the Aztecs ultimately came up short, the only reason they were in the game was because of Rashaad Penny. The senior had an insane stat line of 221 yards and three touchdowns on only 14 attempts, against a previously strong run defense in Army. His breakaway speed was obvious, but even more striking is his elite ability to make cuts while maintaining his speed. Penny clearly has workhorse back capability.