Coach: Doc Holliday
Marshall Players to watch:
*Junior SS Malik Gant (6-2/190)
Gant has recorded 90 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, two interceptions and one sack in 12 games this season for Marshall. He is tied for fifth nationally in tackles for a loss by a defensive back, and is only player in the country with at least 90 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two interception and five pass deflections.
Senior WR Tyre Brady (6-3/201)
Brady ranks sixth in the league in receptions (66), fifth in receiving yards (914) and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns (nine). He enters bowl season with a streak of 23 consecutive games with a reception.
Senior DT Ryan Bee (6-7/282)
Bee recorded 33 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks this season. He has 18.5 sacks for his career, which ranks No. 10 in program history.
*Junior LS Matt Beardall (6-1/218)
Long snapper Matthew Beardall was named team Special Teams MVP. The junior was selected to the Conference USA all-conference first team at his position following a season in which he had 60 snaps on punts and 61 snaps on extra points and field goals without a miscue.
Coach: Charlie Strong
South Florida Players to watch:
*Junior TE Mitchell Wilcox (6-4/245)
Wilcox set USF tight end season records with 40 catches for 506 yards and added a pair of touchdowns on the year. He ranks second on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards while also serving as a strong blocker.
**Sophomore CB Mike Hampton (6-1/170)
Hampton leads USF and ranks second in the conference (9th nationally) with 17 passes defended. He is tied for second on the team with two interceptions and has 41 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack.
Senior LB Khalid McGee (5-10/210)
McGee leads USF and ranks second in the conference posting 9.5 tackles per game. A former safety, his 104 tackles on the year are tied for 10th on the USF season charts.
*Junior RB Jordan Cronkrite (5-11/204)
The Junior, Florida transfer, amassed 1,095 yards on the ground in 173 carries (6.3 ypc) with a long of 80 yards. In October, he piled up a staggering 302 rushing yards against UMass.
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Marshall 38, South Florida 20