New Mexico Bowl
Diego Pavia, QB, New Mexico State: Believe it or not, this is the only QB on this list for Saturday's games. He began his career at the New Mexico Military Institute before committing to play at New Mexico State, where he has been the past two seasons.
In that time he has thrown for over 4,000 yards with 39 touchdown passes. But Pavia is a dual threat and has rushed for six touchdowns in each of the past two seasons with the Aggies.
He's far from a polished prospect but he should get a shot to at least make a team as an undrafted player next season and could be a stash option, similar to guys like Tyson Bagent and Tommy DeVito this year. He may not be ready to enter the NFL just yet, but he's a player to keep an eye on for the future.
Malik Sherrod, RB, Fresno State: Fresno State's leading rusher this season can be a ball of fire out of the backfield. He was hardly used in 2020 and 2021 at the school, but he has rushed for over 1,300 yards the past two seasons and he has 10 total touchdowns this year.
At 5-foot-7, Sherrod is going to get the "too small" label at the next level but there are plenty of examples of why that should be scoffed at if a player's potential and talent are obvious.
Jaelen Gill, WR, Fresno State: Gill started at Ohio State and then went to Boston College before landing at Fresno State, where he has enjoyed his best season as a college player with 44 receptions and five touchdowns. He might be a longshot to make it in the NFL, but a name to keep tabs on to be sure.