After a rough start to the season, Oregon's LaMichael James is showing why he's so highly regarded. In his past two games (against Missouri State and Arizona), he's ran for a combined 492 yards and five touchdowns. He's clearly a talented, albeit somewhat undersized, player. Still, it's hard to decipher what makes him different than a player like C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills. Like James, Spiller was a college star whose game didn't translate to the next level.
After coming back from a suspension, Ducks cornerback Cliff Harris has seen sporadic playing time. As such, few players have probably seen their draft stock plummet more than Harris in 2011. Harris starred in last year's game between these two teams, so he could be looking to prove he's still worth early round consideration.
Tight end David Paulson seems like a player who will be a better pro once he gets out of the wide-open system Oregon uses. Outside linebacker Josh Kaddu will get a look in the NFL due to his size/speed combination. Junior defensive end Dion Jordan is another size/speed player with intrigue for Oregon. He's listed at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds and has four tackles for loss on the year. The converted tight end is expectedly raw, but worth keep an eye on tonight.
California doesn't boast quite as many prospects as it once did, but the Golden Bears have a few prospects to watch.
Chief among them is senior defensive end Trevor Guyton. He's a natural end in a 3-4 system. He has nice size at a listed 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds and plays with a lot of effort. Middle linebacker Mychal Kendricks is a stoutly built but short leader of Cal's defense. He profiles as a special teams player at the next level.
Golden Bears senior wide receiver Marvin Jones is a solid size prospect for the position. He doesn't really stand out in any area of the game, but has been dependable.
For anyone looking forward to the 2013 NFL Draft (you deranged freak), don't forget about Western Kentucky inside linebacker Andrew Jackson tonight against Middle Tennessee. He's a big-time playmaker. On the season he has 48 tackles and seven tackles for loss. He is only a true sophomore, however.