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In the midst of college bowl season, The Redskins Blog will be highlighting the games that current Redskins players will likely be monitoring.
Ryan Clark and Perry Riley Jr. will be paying attention to:
Music City Bowl— LSU vs. Notre Dame— December 30, Nashville, Tenn.
Clark, a veteran safety, started 36 consecutive games for LSU. He was selected to the All-SEC second team in his junior year and helped lead the Tigers to a Sugar Bowl victory over Illinois as a senior, ranking third on defense with 88 tackles.
He signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent and soon joined the Redskins for a brief stint. He returned to Washington this past season after eight years with the Steelers (2006-13).
Riley Jr. also earned BCS bowl experience with the Tigers. In his sophomore season, he collected a couple of tackles in the BCS National Championship game, helping beat Ohio State.
His performance grew into a starting job in his junior year, where he was among the top defenders on the team with 60 tackles.
That season, Riley was named the Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and a finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award. The Redskins took him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Kedric Golston will be paying attention to:
Belk Bowl— Georgia vs. Louisville— December 30, Charlotte, N.C.
In 2002, Golston was the first true freshman to start on Georgia’s defensive line since 1994. It was a special year for the school.
They won their first SEC Championship in 20 years, won the Sugar Bowl against Florida State and set a school record for most victories (13).
Golston battled with various injuries over the course of his next three years but still managed to play a significant part in the Bulldogs defense.
In 44 games he started 30 times and recorded 95 total tackles. The Redskins drafted him in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Trent Murphy will be paying attention to:
Foster Farms Bowl — Stanford vs. Maryland — December 30, Santa Clara, Calif.
Unlike Golston, Murphy had humble beginnings as a defensive end for Stanford, never seeing the field during his freshman year and getting limited playing time as a sophomore.
But he broke out in his junior season, logging 40 tackles for the Cardinal defense with 6.5 sacks, including one against Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
His senior year, Murphy led the Cardinal defense with 10 sacks, was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and was a Butkus Award semifinalist.
He decided to return to Stanford as a fifth-year senior and helped lead the team to a second consecutive Pac-12 championship before losing to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
The Redskins selected him with the 47th pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The rookie had a solid first professional season, starting at linebacker near the end of the year.
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