Bulldogs freshman Jacob Eason has an extremely bright future, but struggled at times in Year 1. The Horned Frogs started life after Trevone Boykin, now in the NFL, and transfer Kenny Hill struggled with consistency other than of mediocre levels — 15 TD, 13 INT and 60.8% completion.
The two teams match up in this year's Liberty Bowl. Each roster comes with legitimate NFL draft prospects that have one more shot to display their talents.
Horned Frogs edge rusher Josh Carraway enters the Liberty Bowl with eight sacks and could be viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker who contributes on special teams in the NFL. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, the redshirt senior may be too sleight to line up at end regularly, but CBSSports.com currently grades him as a fourth-round pick.
Pyke gets a 5th-6th round grade as one of the top 15 guards in the class. He's a former top lacrosse recruit, suggesting some athleticism, but some reports suggest he "lacks the ideal agility" to track down linebackers. Pyke is more of a road grader in run blocking and may not fit in zone-blocking schemes or those that require a lot of pulling.
Sanders, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety, tallied three interceptions this season after leading the SEC with six a year ago, including one return for a score. He enters the Liberty Bowl with 12 picks for his career, evidence of consistent play on the ball. Sanders' chances to be drafted may depend on how he measures out at the combine in late February.
Curry, an undersized tackle at 6-foot-2 and about 280 pounds, logged 5.5 sacks from the middle of the line and added eight tackles for loss. Like Sanders, Curry's showing at any late-January events — Senior Bow, East-West Shrine — or the NFL Combine a month later, likely determines whether or not he's drafted.