Marshall used a strong first quarter to take care of business against USF in Tampa. The Thundering Herd defeated the Bulls, 38-20, in the Gasparilla Bowl. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:
84 Randall St. Felix (6’2 205) USF WR-Freshman
If his freshman year was any indication, St. Felix should join the long list of hometown Miami receivers, who have gone on to play at the next level. St. Felix finished the season with 33 catches for 679 yards and four touchdowns. Against Marshall, he hauled in six passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. St. Felix understood where to find the soft spots in the Marshall zone and in man-to-man coverage, and this was evident when he scored a touchdown using a double move in the third quarter. St. Felix is a clean route runner for such a young prospect, and look for him to only get more refined with more time in college football.
89 Mitchell Wilcox (6’5 245) USF TE-Junior
Wilcox fits the mold of the new age tight end: tall, strong and can run. He impressed when he extended and laid out for a 27-yard catch. The junior tight end seems like a natural catcher and doesn’t let the ball get into his body often, despite his fourth quarter drop. For the season, he finished with 43 catches for 540 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Wilcox to work best at the next level as a tight end out of the slot rather than a traditional in-line blocking tight end.
61 Levi Brown (6’4 290) Marshall OC-Junior
Levi Brown is a true mauler at center. Brown is a little tall for the position and that shows when he is in pass protection and is forced to maintain a low base. However, he has excellent hands and reach which allows him to hold sturdy in the interior. In the run game, Brown plays through the whistle and is almost always downfield finishing blocks. The Marshall center was named to the second team Conference USA roster in 2017. This year, he may been in for a first team finish. Brown will probably return for another year of college but look for him to be in the conversation as a Day 2 draft pick in 2020.
8 Tyre Brady (6’3 206) Marshall WR-senior
Back in his home state of Florida, Brady put on a show. The Homestead native caught five passes for 88 yards and ran once for 14 yards. Despite his 6-foot-3-inch frame, Brady moves with fluidity and was used on reverses and screens throughout the game. The senior wide receiver also showed strong hands on a 42-yard catch in the first quarter when he used an inside release and then out- muscled the smaller USF corner for the football. On the season, Brady finished with 71 catches for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns. An NFL team will be getting a productive and versatile receiver if they bring in Brady.