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Jackson, Hayes among bowl practice stars

Bowl season is the time for younger players to show what they can do in practice.

Who has impressed so far?

“Quentin Hayes is coming along at safety,” said cornerback Demontre Hurst. “He’s been making a lot of plays now. He’s getting in a lot, and the coaches have been dialing in with him about how to prepare. He’s taking advantage of it and improving. I see him getting better.”

Quarterback Landry Jones said he’s liked what he’s seen from freshman wideout Kameel Jackson, who is expected to start in the Insight Bowl with Jaz Reynolds out with a kidney injury.

Linebacker Tom Wort singled out a pair of freshman linebackers.

“I like P.L. Lindley,” Wort said. “He’s big guy, being really physical. Kellen Jones always seems to be improving.”

Running back Brennan Clay said a couple of front-seven defenders have caught his eye.

“Frank Shannon will be a baller. I’m excited to see him out there,” Clay said. “Geneo Grissom. Even though he got to play, I’m excited to see him.”