Orchard culminated an impressive week of practice with big plays against the run and pass, alike, proving in the North's final 'important' day of practice that he is much more than just a pass-rusher. Orchard wasn't the only player to impress, however.
So much attention has been dedicated to four-team playoff and the unique scouting opportunity in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, but the three bowl games earlier on New Year's Day were hardly just appetizers. There were several standout performances from NFL draft prospects in the Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl.
Among players eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, no one was more impressive in this key Big Ten matchup than the Golden Gophers' 5-10, 229 pound running back David Cobb, who rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns in defeat.
Auburn is considering bumping up its football trophy case by adding some national titles to its resumes from decades ago. That topic, along with a look at Washington's prospects under Chris Petersen, and more in this week's mailbag.