Minnesota and Central Michigan will hit Ford Field at 5 PM ET on Dec. 28th in the Quick Lane Bowl. I’ll be in attendance with my son, treating him to his first bowl game.
These two teams share a lot of commonality. Both teams are maroon and gold, which makes wearing team colors in the stands a little more complicated than normal. Neither team runs the ball well. Both also are led by NFL prospects in the secondary, and that’s where the focus here lies.
Minnesota has a pair of NFL-ready corners in Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. Both are bound for All-Star games, with BBC ticketed for the Shrine Game and Murray headed to Mobile and the Senior Bowl.
Murray stands out for his physicality. He’s only average size (listed at 5’11”/196, closer to 5’10.5”/190) but he’s got a vicious jam and the initial short-area quickness to follow it. (read more…)