This is a look at the newest of the College All-Star games, Medal of Honor Game. This games invite's players from the Division 2 and 3 along with FCS and lesser known FBS players. I would like for you to read and discuss the 2 players I think would make good possible late round or UDFA consideration to the Panthers roster.
The Medal of Honor Bowl that was held in Charleston, S.C. at the Citadel's Johnson-Hagood Stadium on Jan. 11. Proceeds went to the Medal of Honor Museum on the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier and The Wounded Warrior Project. This was a none televised game so you most likely missed it unless your a local or know 1 of the players. I'll write about 4 players from the smaller schools as many Panther fans may not know of them yet. These players I'll scout have the makings of good depth players and or P.S. players that could come in mid-season and fill roster spots or be the surprise of Pre-Season and win a roster spot as Melvin White did. I'll try to convince you on there merits and leave out my own opinions until the comment section.
Prospect 1: TB D.J. Adams- Portland State/Maryland
He stands 5-10 and weighs 210lbs. Played 2 seasons at Maryland as backup RB setting Freshman records with 11 TD's. Set a Maryland Bowl record of 4TD's in the Military Bowl against East Carolina in 2010. Played in 9 games as a Freshman and had 67 carries for 239yds and a Team High 11TD's. His best game of the season was against Wake Forrest were he carried the ball 16 times for 84yds and a TD. Also rushed for 37yds on 13 carries and 3TD's. Did not play much as a Sophomore but had 40 carries for 174yds and 4TD's. His best game that came against Notre Dame when he had 16 carries for 55yds and 1 TD. In November of 2011 Adams was granted his release from Maryland after he did not factor into new coaches TB rotation. Adams was suspended for the 1st game of the season for a violation of the team rules. So even with 2 TB's nixed up he still didn't receive much playing and choose to transfer to Portland State so that he could play in the 2012 season instead of sitting out a year with a FBS school. In 2012 he was the backup to other RB's but still had more carries then both players combined. He also led the team in rushing TD's that season. In 11 games, 4 starts, he had 164 carries for 967yds and 12TD's. Had 5.9yds per carry with 4-100yd games and led the team in rushing for 8 of those games. Only fumbled 1 time on the season. Also had 12 receptions for 30yds with a 2.5yd avg per catch with a 20yd long reception as well as 2 Kick Returns for 28yds and a 14yd avg per return with a long of 17yds Was an Honorable All Big Sky Conference Player and was voted the teams Most Inspirational Player. In 2013 while still a backup, started 10 of the 12 games he played in, rushed for 1600yds on 256atts, most on the team, and scoring 19TD's. That goes along with his 14 receptions for 180yds with along of 50yds and a 12.9yds per catch. Against his 1 FBS opponent, California, he rushed for 139yds on 21atts and 2 TD and had 1 rec for 43yds. He was named the Teams MVP, Outstanding Offensive Player and Most Inspirational Player for the 2nd time. He is ranked 2nd all time in rushing yards and 1st in TD's. At the Medal of Honor Game he rushed for 22yds, the most of any RB in the game, and 2TD's.
You can go to this website to see the player interview he had as well as some other prospects. www.college2pro.com
Prospect 2: WLB/SLB Johnny Millard Cal Poly
At 6'3 and 240lbs he sure looks the part of a OLB, but its also in his genes. His Father, Keith Millard, was a DE who played at Washington State then went on to be Picked in the 1st RD of the 1984 Draft, going at #13 to the Vikings, then have a 10 year NFL career with the Vikings/Eagles/Seahawks/Packers earning 2 Pro Bowls, 88/89, and was Defensive Player of the Year in 89. Why is this important, no reason just filling space, kidding. Millard is one of those Prospects who wanted to carve his own career in football so choose Cal Poly over Washington State to make his name. He started in 2009 by Redshirting at Cal Poly but quick climbed the depth chart during the spring game with his 8TT and a Int. returned 30yds. was also the Scout Team Player of the Year. In the 2010 he got his 1st game action as a backup OLB who got 38TT, 2Sacks, 1Int for a 24yd TD, and 3QBH in all. Also used as a Nickel Package Rush DE and Safety. In 2011 he led Cal Poly in tackles with 82TT, 1.5Sacks, 9TFL, 1QBH and 1PD at the OLB position in 10 games. In 2012 he was 3rd on the team with 72TT, 2Sacks, 3TFL, 1Int, 2QBH and 1PD while playing in all 11 games. He played 5 different positions in the Northern Arizona and Sam Houston State games. He played both ILB and OLB, Safety, Nickel Back and DE. In 2013 he led the team with 108TT, 7TFL, 1Int, 3QBH, and 3PD at the SLB position. Was named 2nd Team All-Big Sky Conference and excepted invite from the Medal of Honor Bowl where he had 3TT and the East West Shrine Game where he had recovered a Fumble on the second play of the game and nearly Intercepted a pass.
Johnny Millard Career Stats 2010-2013: 44 Games, 300TT, 150Solo/150Asst, 24.5 TFL, 5.5Sacks, 3Int, 6QBH, 5PB and 11 Games of 10TT or more and 1TD on a 24yd Interception.
D.J. Adams Career Stats 2010-2013: Rushing: 37Games, 2983yds, 527atts, 46TD, and 1Fum. Receiving: 23Games, 26Rec, 210yds, 0TD. Kick Return: 23Games, 2Returns, 28yds.
Its now time to read and discuss. I only choose 2 players because information is hard to come by from the smaller schools and I also left out any player with extreme character concerns. I tried to find a Hog Mollie but these big boy's came with injury concerns. I choose RB and LB because the team needs to spend there picks on the O-Line, WR, D-Backs and maybe a TE. These players are more for depth not extreme need.