On a cold and wet afternoon in Atlanta, the Hurricanes of Miami were able to get a bad taste out of their mouth by defeating the Yellowjackets of Georgia Tech to the tune of 35-14. While neither team is having the type of season they had hoped, plenty of NFL draft prospects took the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday for the NFLPA Bowl to evaluate, highlighted by the below.
Standing 6-5, 248-pounds, Miami tight end Will Mallory possesses the type of size/speed combination that makes him so difficult to defend and that appeals to NFL teams. A hybrid weapon capable of both sealing the edge with his frame as a blocker and stretching the seam in the pass game with his athleticism, the fifth-year “super” senior made the most of his one reception on the day by racing 22 yards for a score, giving him his 13th career touchdown reception. Mallory – who’s been a 4-year starter for the Canes – has already set a career-high with 393 receiving yards on the season and his 29 catches so far have him on track to shatter his previous high mark of 30 receptions set last year.
Not many cornerbacks possess the size of Tyrique Stevenson. At nearly 6-1, 214-pounds and with 32 ½” arms, the former Georgia Bulldog can matchup and contest passes with even the biggest wide receivers and made several big plays on Saturday versus a talented Georgia Tech receiving corps. Using his length to his advantage, Stevenson was able to break up a long pass down the left sideline in the first half and then put his ball skills on display in the third quarter by ending a Yellowjacket drive with an interception. With now six passes defensed on the year, the true senior has set a new season-high while giving himself an impressive career total of 21.
A consistent force for Georgia Tech this season, 6th-year senior linebacker Ayinde Eley was a bright spot for the defense on Saturday, pacing the team with 12 tackles on the afternoon – his sixth double-digit tackle performance in ten games this season. A throwback with imposing size at 6-3, 239-pounds, the former Maryland Terrapin has more than made his presence felt as a second-year starter for the Yellowjackets, setting new career-highs in total tackles (98), tackles for loss (9.5), sacks (3.5) and forced fumbles (3). With two games remaining against UNC and Georgia, Eley has great opportunities to continue to show NFL teams his value and versatility.