UC Bearcats’ Showdown with Virginia Tech will be Watched Closely by Bengals Scouts

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September 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end James Gayle (99) rushes the passer against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

 

While most draft experts will have VA Tech QB Logan Thomas pegged as the top-prospect to play in this game, the Bengals are set at QB, but one prospect they should be keeping a close eye on is junior defensive end James Gayle. He’s been arguably the Hokies’ top pass-rusher, as he leads the team is sacks(2) while aslo posting 2.5 tackles-for-loss.

CBS Sports wrote a nice breakdown of Gayle, who has been pegged as the next great Hokies pass-rusher:

 

Dubbed the next great Hokies pass rusher by the Virginia Tech coaching staff, Gayle had a breakout sophomore season in 2011 with a team-best 7.0 sacks. Teaming with J.R. Collins at the other defensive end spot, the defensive end duo is among the best in the ACC and possibly the nation.

Gayle lacks imposing size, but is strongly-built throughout his frame with the natural burst and quickness to explode off the edge with flexibility and raw power. Gayle needs to continue and develop his pass rush moves to win one-on-one battles when he doesn’t gain a step off the snap and become more creative to keep blockers guessing. In a crowded defensive end class next April, Gayle could emerge as one of the top pass rushers in the draft.

 

 

The game will be broadcast at 3:30 pm EST on ESPNU.

 

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