A pair of high octane offenses meet in this pre-Christmas, afternoon bowl game. ECU offers a pair of underrated skill players who continually pick up big yardage whenever the ball is in their hands. For their part Ohio offers one of the best kept secrets at the cornerback position.
Justin Hardy/WR/East Carolina: Hardy has been ultra-productive since stepping on the field as a red-shirt freshman and comes off his most productive campaign to date. The reliable junior wide-out posted 105 receptions, 1218 yards and 8 touchdowns. Despite being the go to guy on the ECU offense, opponents were unable to slow down Hardy. He lacks great measurables yet has enough talent to make a next level roster as a third receiver. 4th/5th Round
Travis Carrie/CB/Ohio: Carrie was highly rated coming into the 2012 campaign only to miss the entire season with a shoulder injury. He did not disappoint scouts upon his return this year. Carrie combines terrific size and has enough ball skills to find a home in the NFL as a dime back. 6th Round
Vintavious Cooper/RB/East Carolina: The multi-purpose ball handler has fallen under the scouting radar yet did nothing but produce this season. He’s a skilled ball handler (995 yards on 205 carries with 11 touchdowns) as well as a receiving threat out of the backfield (41 receptions, 390 yards, 1 score). Cooper is not a prospect who passes the eyeball test yet comes to play every Saturday. He’ll be a fine addition as a situational back for an NFL team. Free Agent