Navy and Arizona State each boast playmakers who only need one play to score.
Looking back at any football game, it’s easy to pinpoint a couple of plays that, if they would’ve gone the other way, would’ve changed its outcome. That’ll be no different in the 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday.
Here are the Midshipmen and Sun Devils who are capable of making those one or two plays that give their team the edge: the most explosive offensive weapons to watch.
4. D.J. Foster (Arizona State, RB)
Foster is a solid halfback who’s rushed for 492 yards on 4.9 yards a pop this season, but he’s even more dangerous coming out of the backfield as a receiver. He’s second on the team in receiving yards with 522 and he averages 14.5 yards per catch—a number much higher than usual for a back.
Arizona State loves getting Foster the ball in open space, especially on screens, and allowing his athleticism to take over.
Fast Forward to 3:06 for TD
3. Keenan Reynolds (Navy, QB)
The 5’9” freshman couldn’t have been much better for Navy this season. On top of his 8-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Reynolds has scored 10 rushing touchdowns.
Since he took over the starting gig against Central Michigan, there hasn’t been a game in which he didn’t break off a run of at least 20 yards.
2. Marion Grice (Arizona State, RB)
Despite being fourth on the Sun Devils in carries, Grice averages a 5.8 yards a pop on the ground. And like Foster, he’s also a receiving threat.
On the season, Grice has compiled 926 yards from scrimmage and scored 17 touchdowns even though he’s only touched the ball 128 times—that’s 7.2 yards per touch and a score every 7.5 touches.
Fast Forward to 3:17 for TD
1. Gee Gee Green (Navy RB)
When Gee Gee Green sees green, he’s gone.
The 5’8”, 185-pound tailback leads the Midshipmen in rushing this season with 765 yards on a whopping 7.1 yards per carry.
Now, I already claimed Foster’s yards-per-catch average is incredible, but Green’s is even more impressive. He’s also Navy’s leading receiver with 303 yards on 17.8 yards per reception.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.