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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Game 2 of Day 1 of Bowl Season pits the Arizona Wildcats against the New Mexico Lobos.The Wildcats followed up a Pac-12 Championship gam


Game 2 of Day 1 of Bowl Season pits the Arizona Wildcats against the New Mexico Lobos. The Wildcats followed up a Pac-12 Championship game appearance last season with a disappointing 6-6 record. On offense and defense key players have missed several games. Most notably, Anu Solomon, their starting QB, missed 2 games and their All-American linebacker, Scooby Wright III, missing all but 2 games. Both of those players were out for the Wildcats’ regular season finale vs. Arizona State. Thankfully for the Wildcats, both of those players are expected to return, which is surely a good thing. They already boast the 17th best offense in total yards per game (YPG), with 494. The defense, however, could use the boost of Wright’s return. They allow the 15th most YPG with 463. Scooby Wright will be likely be looking to have a big game for reasons other than to help his team, as he is reportedly leaning towards entering the draft. If he does, he stands a chance of being one of the highest ranked linebackers in the 2016 draft. Last year he won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award for his ability to create turnovers and make a living in opposition backfields. The fact that he isn’t a ‘great’ athlete just shows how instinctive he is, and that really excites scouts. Arizona’s top senior prospects to watch in this game are; Lene Malava (OL), Reggie Gilbert (DE), Will Parks (SS) and David Richards (WR). The Lobos will likely be cherishing the chance to play a Bowl game in their home state and will absolutely be hoping to get the win. To do that, they’ll be looking to exploit the Wildcats’ struggling rush defense, and running the ball just so happens to be a strength of theirs. The Wildcats give up 188.5 rushing YPG (89th) and the Lobos average 246.6 rushing YPG (8th), largely thanks to their senior running back, Jhurell Pressley. Pressley is the Lobos leading rusher with 846 yards and 11 touchdowns, he is also the Lobos biggest prospect this year. Pressley’s main calling card is his home run hitting nature. He is very good in the open field and has a good chance on every play to get a big chunk of yards or take it to the house. Unfortunately though, his home runs seem aren’t complimented by doubles and triples, instead it’s strikeouts. He’ll be a longshot to be drafted. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other bowl games, the complete bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.

 

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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