Zaxby's Zingers - January 6 Update
With only the CFP national championship game, the FCS finale in Frisco, Tex., and all-star games in California, Florida and Alabama remaining on the 2015-2016 college football post-season schedule, here are post-game notes from the sixth annual Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.
- The 86-yard touchdown run by Washington's Myles Gaskin was not only tied a Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl record, it was also the longest run from scrimmage during the 40-game bowl schedule.
- Gaskin's four scoring runs also tied for a 2015-2016 single-game bowl high for rushing touchdowns with players from Georgia Southern, Western Michigan, LSU and Ohio State.
- Gaskin's 181 yards rushing was the ninth-best single-game effort during this season's bowl schedule.
- Southern Miss' Michael Thomas caught nine passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. His yardage figure was the third-best of the 2015-2016 bowl season behind Isaiah Ford of Virginia Tech (12 catches, 227 yards, one TD) and Travis Rudolph of Florida State (7, 201, 1).
- Washington proved its rankings as the Pac-12 Conference's top defensive unit by holding Southern Miss to 22 yards rushing (nine tackles totaling 50 yards in losses). The figure was the third-best defensive effort during the bowl season. Boise State (-5 vs. Northern Illinois, Poinsettia) and Houston (16 vs. Florida State, Peach) topped the list.
ALL-STAR GAMES - Five players that competed in the 2015 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl are scheduled to participate January 23 in the East-West Shrine Game or the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2016.
- Scheduled to compete from Washington in the 91st East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is linebacker Travis Feeney of Washington.
- On the roster for the fifth NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif., .are wide reciever Mike Thomas of Southern Miss, and Washington players wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Joshua Perkins and defensive tackle Taniela Tupou.
- Feeney, Mickens along with fellow Huskie linebacker Cory Littleton were all on the "watch" list for the 91st Reece's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., January 30.