Star Players to Watch in Remaining College Football Bowl Action

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIDecember 29, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates after a touchdown during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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This bowl season is starting to really get moving with many of the top teams left to play. 

With the best teams comes the best players, and there are plenty of superstars to look forward to seeing.

Dynamic quarterbacks, devastating tacklers and thrilling playmakers will dominate the remaining action this bowl season. Here is a short list of the most exciting players to watch.


Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson

Boyd, one of the nation's most efficient passers with a rating of 168.5, will take his talents to Atlanta to face the LSU Tigers and their top-notch pass rush.

The real reason why Boyd is a must-watch player is because of his running and scrambling ability. Boyd has 492 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground this year, showing that he is a diverse talent. He will need all of that running ability and more to handle the LSU pass rush, which features the likes of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.

Keep in mind that LSU was the only team to really shut down Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel this season. Boyd will have quite a task in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but it will be a blast watching him try to figure out this defense.


Jarvis Jones, OLB Georgia

Perhaps the top prospect for the 2013 draft, Jarvis Jones has racked up 12.5 sacks for a defense that has feasted on opposing passers.

Jones is a dynamic pass-rusher, reminiscent of Von Miller from Texas A&M. Jones possesses a similar burst off the snap paired with an ability to play the linebacker position well in all of its facets.

Whether or not Jones declares for the draft, he is a must-watch player who will make Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez run for his life in the Capital One Bowl. Watching that matchup will be one of the treats of New Year's Day.


Zach Ertz, TE Stanford

Perhaps the nation's top tight end, Zach Ertz was the only good thing about the Stanford passing attack for much of this season. The fact that Ertz was able to dominate with such pedestrian quarterback play for most of the season is amazing.

On the season, Ertz racked up 66 catches for 837 yards and six touchdowns. For comparison, those numbers are better than second-round draft pick Coby Fleener's from last year, and Ertz did not have the benefit of Andrew Luck. 

Ertz will get the challenge of facing the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. In a game that features two dynamic running games, Ertz stands out as perhaps the best passing weapon for either team. Expect Stanford to get him involved early and often.


Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

No list of bowl players would be complete without Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. 

The ultimate dual-threat quarterback, Manziel dominated the strongest defensive conference in football, so Oklahoma's defense should pose little threat to the dynamic signal-caller.

In what could be one of the most exciting and high-scoring games this bowl season, Manziel stands out as a player to watch, as he always does.


Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame

The National Championship Game will feature plenty of bone-crunching hits from guys like Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. 

Te'o stands out as one of the best defensive players to grace the nation in years. Even when he isn't making plays, Te'o stands out for his leadership, which keys the Notre Dame defense. Te'o can always be found pumping up his teammates or congratulating them after big plays.

Catch Te'o as he suits up for the last time in a Fighting Irish uniform. After this game, he'll be moving on to the NFL.