With the Heisman Trohy presentation the only major college football action of the day, fans can still get their Saturday fix with the Montana-Appalachian State Division I semi-final playoff game today televised on ESPN at 4:00 pm EST.
I'd recommend watching this game strictly for entertainment value as these two offenses will keep the scoreboard lit up and this level, unlike certain others that will remain nameless, have done the right thing and instituted a playoff system to award a true champion.
NFL scouts, however, are watching this game because of the talent in it, as well, however.
In fact, Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards and Montana wide receiver/punt returner Marc Mariani have the featured Diamond in the Rough prospects from our last two issues of Draft Slant, respectively. Montana free safety Shann Schillinger and offensive tackle Levi Horn are seniors scouts have their eyes on.
Edwards, 5-11, 185 pounds, lacks the size scouts want at quarterback, obviously, but is an absolute playmaker as a run and pass threat. He has plenty of arm strength, and as I noted in last week's Slant, he makes some legitimate NFL throws. He's a very similar talent as former WVU quarterback Pat White, who the Dolphins used a second round pick on last April.
Mariani, 6-0, 185, has legitimate downfield speed and agility to earn looks from NFL teams, but like Edwards, Mariani is a better football player than size/speed athlete. This kid runs terrific routes and has very good hands.
Few players at this level have earned more individual honors as Edwards and Mariani. If you get a chance to check out this game, you'll quickly see why...