In the midst of college bowl season, The Redskins Blog will be highlighting the games that current Redskins players will likely be monitoring.
Will Compton, Niles Paul, Roy Helu Jr., Spencer Long and Silas Redd will be paying attention to:
National University Holiday Bowl — Nebraska vs. USC — December 27, San Diego, Calif.
Nebraska is the most represented school on the Redskins roster. Compton, who finished his college career as a linebacker in 2012, earned numerous awards for the Cornhuskers, including being named the team’s defensive MVP.
The Redskins signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
Paul, now a tight end, played wide receiver at Nebraska from 2007-2010. His career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time in Nebraska history. He was the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP in 2009.
Helu Jr. exited in the same class as Paul in 2010. He racked up more than 1,000 yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons and is fourth on the Huskers all-time rushing list.
He broke Nebraska’s single-game rushing record, compiling 307 rush yards and three touchdowns vs. Missouri in 2010.
Long, a rookie this year, is the youngest of the Redskins’ Nebraska family.
His senior year was cut short after suffering an injury in October but was still named a team captain for the 2013 season, starting his first six games at right guard.
Since 2008, Nebraska is 3-3 in Bowl games.
Silas Redd is the lone representative from USC, playing his final two seasons there after transferring from Penn State– who plays Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl– after his sophomore year.
His best year for the Trojans was his junior year, where he scored nine touchdowns with 905 rushing yards.
He went undrafted and signed with the Redskins in May, eventually earning the third running back spot in the pre-season.
USC is 1-1 in their last two bowl games.
Rashad Ross and Shawn Lauvao will be paying attention to:
Hyundai Sun Bowl — Arizona State vs. Duke — December 27, El Paso, Texas
Ross attended Arizona State in 2011 after attending junior college. He caught 55 passes in his Sun Devil career at wide receiver, accumulating 864 yards and seven touchdowns. He exploded for three touchdowns to beat Navy in Arizona State’s 2012 bowl victory.
Lauvao started his last 33 games for Arizona State, switching between guard and tackle before leaving in 2012. He earned Second Team All-Pac-10 honors during his junior and senior seasons and was drafted by the Browns in the third round.
Santana Moss, Brandon Merriweather and Leonard Hankerson will be paying attention to:
Duck Commander Independence Bowl — Miami vs. South Carolina — December 27, Shreveport, La.
Moss joined “The U” as a walk-on in 1997 and is widely considered to be the team’s best wide receiver of all time. He leads the school in receiving yards, punt return yards, and all purpose yards, He was selected by the Jets in the first round of the 2001 Draft and was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Merriweather joined Miami in 2002 before he was medically redshirted. Throughout his career at safety he was named a semifinalist for the Jon Thorpe award twice. He left Miami with the record for most tackles by a defensive back with 293.
Hankerson became a full-time starter at wide receiver in his junior season in 2009. His senior year was his most impressive. He hauled in 72 catches for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns, which passed Michael Irvin for most scores in a single Hurricanes season.
Miami has lost their last four bowl games dating back to 2008.
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