The off season for some of the NFL hopeful have started and the FCS Bowl is a great opportunity for many of these players to get onto NFL Scout’s radar. The teams are split up into the National team and the American team.
The American team won 44-7 in a dominating performance.
The FCS Bowl brings together some of the best FCS, D2, D3, and NAIA players from around the country to play in a scouting game. Here are some of the players that stood out.
Dustin Huseinovic, LB Pace University
All day they announcers were calling #55. Dustin played great game and made it difficult for the run game of the National team to get going. He even made a big play on special teams that had the crowd making noise. Dustin looks like he has a motor that keeps rolling.
However, Dustin is listed at 6’1 210 but on the field he plays a lot bigger. As an inside linebacker, Dustin moved with a quick twitch to get to the ball. Dustin finished with 7 tackles with 5 being solo. He was taken out of the game for majority of the second half to get other players an opportunity to shine.
Equally important, Dustin’s sideline to sideline speed will get the attention of many teams. whether he gets drafted or becomes an undrafted free agent, there’s a spot on a NFL roster for a pure football player like Dustin.
Judd Erickson, QB University of San Diego
Erickson was for 101 yards and 1 touchdown on the day. What made his game nice to watch during the FCS Bowl was the touch he put on the ball. A few of his completions were placed in a spot only the receiver could reach it. At 6’4 220, Erickson fits the typical build of an NFL quarterback.
Surprisingly, with only a few practices, Erickson played well enough to stand out. Out of all the quarterbacks at the FCS Bowl, Erickson showed to have the best accuracy even if the passes were dropped. However, Erickson did not throw the most yards in this game, but the potential is there.
Tyler Tate, DL Millerville University
Tate made a living in the backfield. At 6’4 260, Tate can play any position on the line. Tate recorded 2 1/2 sacks and almost had a 3rd on the day. He continued to keep his hands up to knock down passes. Ultimately, Tate’s first step off the ball and violent hands made it difficult for the man across from him to manage. He will definitely be a guy to look into because he could be a diamond in the rough.
Overall, the FCS Bowl gave many talented NFL prospects an opportunity to shine. The journey for these athletes continues as they look to turn their NFL drams into a reality.