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GMAC Bowl - Toledo 45, UTEP 13
Here's two teams I'm familiar with, as UTEP was in the WAC until moving to C-USA for this past year, and Toledo came here to Fresno for Fresno State's 3rd game.
Toledo QB Bruce Gradkowski has been considered to be the next MAC QB headed into the NFL. MAC QBs have been on a roll lately, minus injured Chad Pennington. Leftwich had a breakout season before hurting his ankle, Roethlisberger continues to be as solid of a ball-control offense QB as you can get, and Charlie Frye is having his coming-out party right now.
Gradkowski looks more like a mid-to-late round QB to me, from his performance in this game. He threw for 298 yards and 5 TDs, but he should have thrown for over 400. He was incredibly indecisive, often double and triple-clutching the ball - and sometimes not even bringing it in for a full clutch, but rather waving it around in half-throwing motions before finally making a throw. Gradkowski doesn't have a big arm, but he flicks the ball around OK and might be an NFL quarterback with some good coaching.
Jordan Palmer - Carson Palmer's little brother - is only a junior, and it's a good thing. His performance was terrible. He was not indecisive like Gradkowski, but his throws were terrible. Passes sailed high, deep passes floated and let defenders jump all over them, and some throws just plain didn't go anywhere near their intended receiver. He does NOT look like a guy with an NFL arm.
UTEP receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins may have a future in the NFL as a kick/punt returner. Anytime you run a hand-timed 4.18 40, and have that speed show up on the field as well as the stopwatch, you get looks. I'd like to judge him as a receiver, but Jordan Palmer didn't get passes anywhere near him, so I couldn't tell you if he can catch or not. UTEP didn't use him as a returner either, for some god-unknown reason. But the guy did fly down the field, and it would've been nice to see him with the ball in his hand now and then.
Toledo also had a couple more potential NFL prospects - middle linebacker Anthony Jordan and running back Trinity Dawson. Both played great against an inferior UTEP squad. It's hard to judge them against such light competition, but they're two guys that will be in the mix somewhere.