If you’re looking for future NFL stars you’re going to be disappointed tonight. Hawaii has struggled to develop the same talent as during the June Jones era and Tulsa has never produced many NFL stars. There are few players worth keeping an eye on though.
* The top prospect in the game is Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas. I won’t blame you if you’re a little skeptical about Salas initially. Hawaii receivers often put up gaudy stats and fail to produce in the NFL. However, I believe Salas has what it takes to produce at the next level. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but he has great hands and is an efficient route runner. He could be a mid-round pick who contributes immediately.
* Another offensive player worth keeping an eye on is Hawaii running back Alex Green. His size (6’2″, 230 lbs) is hard to ignore and he is quietly having a huge year for the Warriors, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He reminds me of Jaguars fullback Greg Jones, who played running back during his days at Florida State. He won’t be drafted as high as Jones, but has a chance to carve out a similar NFL career if he continues to develop.
* The only potential 2011 draftee on Tulsa is fullback Charles Clay. He’s a prototypical blocking fullback who can also carry the ball when asked. He has legitimate NFL potential, but the fullback position is dying out so there’s no guarantee he’ll hear his name called. Still, this is his chance to shine. Teams looking for a fullback will have their eyes on both Clay and Green in this game.