West Team for 2011 Shrine Game
Quarterback – Nathan Enderle, Idaho; Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M; Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin. Enderle is viewed as a prospect in Round 7 or as a free agent. He’s got the size (6-4, 234) and was a 4-year starter for the Vandals, appearing in 46 games, throwing for 74 TDs, 60 INTs and 10,084 yards. He’s out of North Platte, Nebraska. Johnson is also viewed as a late-round prospect and will carry a medical grade from NFL teams after he was removed as the A&M starter because of concerns about his throwing shoulder; he had surgery in the off-season. He finished with 8,888 yards in total offense. Tolzien was 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner. He led national with a 74.3 completion percentage in ’10. The Badgers were 21-5 in his starts over two seasons.
Running back – (FB) Patrick DiMarco, South Carolina; Alex Green, Hawaii; Da’rel Scott, Maryland; Vai Taua, Nevada. DiMarco was a co-captain for the Gamecocks, where he played both FB and TE. He’s viewed as a free agent. Green is rated as a free agent prospect, possibly fullback at 235 pounds. He ran for 1,000 yards in ’10, tough to do in the run-and-shoot offense at Hawaii. Scott is a prospect for Rounds 5-7 who was MVP of the Military Bowl with TD runs of 61 and 91 yards. Taua found the end zone with 22 TDs in the ’10 season and earned third-team AP All-America status. He’s viewed as a free agent prospect.
Wide receiver – Armon Binns, Cincinnati; Jeffrey Maehl, Oregon; O.J. Murdock, Ft. Hays State; Anthony Parker, Calgary; Aldrick Robinson, SMU; Ryan Whalen, Stanford. Binns is a Round 6-7 prospect caught 75 passes for 1,101 yards and 10 TDs in the ’10 season. He’s a big target at 6-3, 205 pounds. Maehl began as a safety for the Ducks, but has been catching passes for three seasons with 169 for 2,178 yards and 24 TDs. He’s a Round 7 prospect. Murdock (see above). Parker has been rated as the best prospect in Canadian college football by the CFL. He’s 6-2, 215 pounds and was all-conference two years in a row. He had 376 receiving yards and six touchdowns in the Canadian college playoffs where his University of Calgary Dinos reached the title game. Robinson is viewed as a Round 5-7 prospect. He’s got speed but is small at 5-9½, 178 pounds, with 176 catches for the Mustangs for 3,238 yards and 29 TDs. Whalen is a Round 6-7 prospect finishing with 138 career receptions at Stanford. His ’10 season was hurt by a dislocated elbow that cost him three games. He was also named a co-captain.
Tight end – Jordan Cameron, Southern Cal; Virgil Green, Nevada; Julius Thomas, Portland State. Cameron is seen as a Round 6-7 prospect that transferred to USC from Brigham Young. He caught 16 passes in ’10 for 126 yards and 1 TD. Green was selected first-team All-WAC for the ’10 season, catching 31 passes for 453 yards and five TDs. He’s another Round 6-7 prospect. Thomas is 6-5, 228 pounds prospect who played basketball for four years and turned to football in ’10. He caught 29 passes for 453 yards and two TDs.
Center – Alex Linnenkohl, Oregon State; William Rackley, Lehigh. Linnenkohl is considered a prospect for Rounds 6-7 after spending three seasons as the starting center for the Beavers. Rackley was a four-year starter at Lehigh, but did so at tackle. He’ll move inside in the NFL, either to guard or center, so this game is a big one for him to show what he can do.
Guard – Andrew Jackson, Fresno State; Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah; Zachary Williams, Washington State. Jackson is a big man at 6-5, 295 pounds, who missed most of the ’10 season because of a high ankle sprain. He’s a Round 7 prospect. Schlauderaff started games over four seasons at left guard, where he earned several All-Mountain West Conference honors and is considered a Round 7 or free agent prospect. Williams spent the ’10 season starting at center, after working the two previous seasons at left guard.
Tackle – Joseph Barksdale, LSU; Adam Grant, Arizona; Laupepa Letuli, Hawaii; Matthew O’Donnell, Queens Ontario. Barksdale is 6-5, 338 pounds and considered a Round 6-7 prospect. He started two years at RT, but moved to LT for the ’10 season. He lost some time due to ankle injuries. Grant has missed a lot of playing time because of multiple injuries to his knees, hands. The last two years he received All-Pac 10 honors playing both right and left tackle. He’s seen as a Round 7 pick, if healthy. Letuli missed two games during the ’10 season because of a knee injury, but he was able to earn second-team All-WAC honors. A native of Samoa, he’ll be a 24-year old rookie if he makes the NFL; he’s considered a possible free agent. O’Donnell is listed at Queen’s College in Canada at 6-10, 340 pounds. He was a dominating player on that level and was part of his team’s national championship victory in the ’09 season.
Defensive end – Ricky Elmore, Arizona; Karl Klug, Iowa; Cheta Ozougwu, Rice; Ryan Winterswke, Boise State. Elmore is projected as a Round 5 choice after putting up 21.5 sacks over the last two seasons, including leading the PAC-10 in the ’10 season with 11 sacks. Klug played DT for the Hawkeyes in their base defense, missing just one game in the last three years. He’s a Round 7 prospect with 135 total tackles, 10.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Ozougwu is a Round 7 or free agent prospect, due to his size (6-1¾, 255 pounds). But he was productive at Rice, with 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles in the ’10 season. Winterswke earned first-team All-WAC honors for three straight years, playing in 52 games for BSU with 20.5 sacks, 166 total tackles and 44.5 tackles for loss. He’s projected as a Round 6-7 pick.
Defensive tackle – Brandon Bair, Oregon; David Carter, UCLA; Ted Laurent, Mississippi; Ian Williams, Notre Dame. For the Ducks, Bair was a defensive tackle, but his body type will move him to end in the NFL. He’s a Round 7 prospect, but will enter the NFL at the age of 26. In 51 games he had 104 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Carter has the physical tools at 6-4, 300 pounds to play inside in the 4-3, or at defensive end in the 3-4. In 40 games, he had 66 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 5 passes defended. He’s considered a free agent signee. Laurent is small but agile and viewed as a Round 7-free agent prospect. In 45 games for the Rebels, he had 57 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Williams suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee and missed the last month of the season for the Irish. He played in 45 games, with 160 total tackles and two interceptions. If healthy, he’s considered a Round 4-5 prospect.
Inside linebacker – Nicholas Bellore, Central Michigan; Ben Jacobs, Fresno State; Orie Lemon, Oklahoma State; Michael Mohamed, California. Bellore is considered a Round 7 prospect after a strong college career where he was a co-captain for three consecutive seasons at Central Michigan. He missed only one game in his college career and in 52 games had 472 total tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 5 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. Jacobs is big for an inside backer at 6-4 and was twice All-Big West first-team defense. In 52 games, he had 387 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT, 2 fumbles recovers both returned for TDs. He’s a free agent type. Lemon is seen as a Round 7 prospect after missing the entire ’09 season due to a knee injury. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in ’10. Mohamed is viewed as a Round 6 pick, coming off a good ’10 season with 95 total tackles, 5 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered and 1 INT.
Outside linebacker – Chris Carter, Fresno State; Dontay Moch, Nevada; Winston Venable, Boise State. Carter was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in ’10 for his 55 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. He’s seen as a Round 3-4 prospect by the NFL. Moch is 6-1, 242 and has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. That speed makes him a Round 2-3 prospect. A productive player over 53 games, he had 186 total tackles 63 tackles for loss, 30 sacks and 9 forced fumbles. Venable is a free agent prospect, who might be a better safety in the NFL since he’s 5-10¾. Over the last two seasons, he had 114 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 INTs including one returned for a TD.
Cornerback – Cortez Allen, Citadel; Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois; Brandyn Thompson, Boise State; Darrin Walls, Notre Dame. Allen is 6-1½, 197 pounds and turns the 40 in less than 4.5 seconds. He was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, playing in 41 games, with 5 INTs including 2 for TDs, with 121 total tackles and 15 passes defended. He’s a Round 6-7 prospect. Lindsey earned All-America honors in three straight seasons, while starting 36 straight games for the Salukis. He played in 50 games and finished with 14 interceptions, 162 total tackles, plus he returned 42 punts. He’s seen as a Round 4-5 prospect. Thompson is a free-agent prospect after a 47-game career with the Broncos. He had 13 INTs, including one he returned for a TD. He also had 145 total tackles. Walls is a prospect in Round 7 after playing and starting on both corners for the Irish. In 44 games, he had 5 INTs, with 2 returned for scores, plus 102 total tackles, 20 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
Safety – (SS) Jeron Johnson, Boise State; (SS) Shiloh Keo, Idaho; (FS) Andrew Rich, BYU; (FS) Justin Taplin-Ross, Utah; (SS) Nate Williams, Washington. Johnson is seen as a Round 3-4 prospect after a strong career at Boise where he was the leading tackler for three straight seasons. In 48 games, Johnson had 318 total tackles along with 8 INTs. Keo is a prospect for Round 4-5 after winning all sorts of honors during his time with the Vandals. He played in 53 total games, with 358 total tackles, 11 INTs, an 11-yard average on 53 punt returns. Rich was a junior college player who walked on at BYU. He finished his career strong with two INTs in the New Mexico Bowl and five in his last four games. In 39 games for the Cougars he had 10 INTs and 222 total tackles and 6 forced fumbles. Taplin-Ross carries a free-agent grade going into the evaluation process. In 47 games with the Utes, he had two interceptions and 92 total tackles. Williams is a Round 6 prospect coming off a ’10 season when he had 62 tackles for the Huskies.
Kicker – Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State. Bailey had a big senior season for the Cowboys, hitting 24 of 28 FGs and leading the Big 12 in scoring with 137 points. That was good enough to earn him second-team AP All-America.
Punter – Trevor Hankins, Arizona State. Hankins will get a chance to punt in some teams training camp this summer. He missed a game this fall because of a suspension related to a DUI charge, but averaged 44.6 yards a punt. Over his career, he kicked 130 times for a 43.9-yard average.