La’Damian Webb, Top South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Players to Watch – 68 Ventures Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The South Alabama Jaguars and the Eastern Michigan Eagles take the field for the 68 Ventures Bowl. The matchup is at 7:00 PM ET on December 23, 2023, and airs on ESPN.

The Jaguars last played against the Texas State Bobcats, and they fell short 52-44. The Eagles picked up a 24-11 victory last time out against the Buffalo Bulls.

Desmond Trotter finished with 216 yards on 18-21 passing (85.7%) in the Jaguars’ last game, tossing four touchdowns and one interception. Braylon McReynolds rushed for 79 yards on 19 attempts. He also hauled in six receptions for 70 yards Caullin Lacy earned 94 yards on 11 receptions with one score.

For the Eagles in their last game, Austin Smith completed 19 of 27 passing attempts (70.4%) and totaled 141 yards through the air, connecting on one touchdown pass and one touchdown as a rusher. Samson Evans had 22 rushing attempts and finished with 127 yards and one touchdown. JB Mitchell III ended the contest with seven catches for 75 yards.

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South Alabama Players to Watch

  • Carter Bradley has thrown for 2,660 yards while completing 67.8% of his passes (221-of-326), with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year (241.8 yards per game).
  • La’Damian Webb has run for a team-high 1,007 yards on 186 attempts (91.5 yards per game) and 16 touchdowns.
  • Kentrel Bullock has 380 yards on 77 carries (38 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • This season Lacy has 91 receptions for a team-high 1,316 receiving yards (109.7 per game) and seven touchdowns.
  • Jamaal Pritchett has also contributed with 756 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns. He puts up 68.7 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Damarcus Thomas has totaled 212 yards on 24 receptions with three touchdowns, averaging 26.5 yards per game.

Eastern Michigan Players to Watch

  • Smith leads the team with 1,775 passing yards (147.9 yards per game) and has a 57.4% completion percentage this year (171-of-298) while throwing nine touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also has 134 rushing yards on 101 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per game.
  • Evans has rushed for a team-leading 635 yards on 142 carries (52.9 yards per game) while scoring 12 touchdowns.
  • Jaylon Jackson has 574 yards on 125 carries (47.8 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns. He also has 22 catches for 221 yards (18.4 ypg) and two touchdowns.
  • Tanner Knue has grabbed 50 passes for a team-high 479 yards with three touchdowns. He averages 43.5 yards per game.
  • Mitchell III has chipped in with 35 catches for 398 yards and one touchdown this year. He puts up 36.2 receiving yards per game.
  • Hamze Elzayat has 370 receiving yards on 25 receptions, with two touchdowns, averaging 33.6 yards per game.

South Alabama Recent Stat Leaders

  • Dorian Smith has played of the Jaguars’ last three games, totaling .
  • The Jags’ defensive unit has been helped in their last three games by Dallas Gamble, who has compiled .
  • As part of the Jaguars’ defensive unit, Jamie Sheriff has delivered six tackles and one sack in their last three games.
  • With six tackles and one sack, Marco Lee has helped carry the Jags’ defense over their last three games.

Eastern Michigan Recent Stat Leaders

  • As a playmaker on defense in the Eagles’ last three games, Cole McElvany has registered six tackles and one sack in games.
  • Terry Lockett has registered six tackles and one sack for the Eagles in their last three outings.
  • In the Eagles’ last three games, Londyn Craft has recorded eight tackles.
  • Joseph Sparacio has recorded 14 tackles for the Eagles in their last three contests.

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
South Alabama -16.5 -110 -110 46 -112 -108

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Team Stat Comparison

South Alabama Eastern Michigan
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 30.9 (51) 20.3 (114)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 21.9 (34) 24 (50)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (70) 11 (40)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 16 (23) 8 (118)

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