Six former USF football players will play in either the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl:
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, safety Devin Abraham, and defensive tackle Bruce Hector will show off their skills in front of scouts as part of the American team today at 4 p.m. on FS1. The trio will be coached by former Washington Redskins cornerback, Hal of Famer and fastest 50 year old alive, Darrell Green.
MVS measured in at 6’5”, 209 lbs, and will have former TCU quarterback Kenny “Trill” Hill throwing to him as one of three QBs on the “American” team. MVS is the tallest wide out in the game and showed off his impressive length this week during practice.
January 19, 2018
Hector weighed in at 275 lbs, over 20 pounds lighter than what he’s listed as on the official USF website. He may be a bit undersized to play DT in the NFL.
Abraham is wearing #21, in honor of his dad, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Donnie Abraham.
East-West Shrine Game
Quarterback Quinton Flowers was set to play in the game, but tragedy struck his family once again:
Due to a death in the family, Quinton Flowers is leaving the East-West Shrine Game and will not play in the game tomorrow.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 19, 2018
TDS wants to give our deepest condolences to Quinton and his family during this very trying time.
Running back D’Ernest Johnson, cornerback Deatrick Nichols and defensive tackle Deadrin Senat will participate in the game today.
Johnson was not used effectively as a pass catcher out of the backfield during his senior season in the Sterlin Gilbert offense. He was able to show off that he still has soft hands during practice this week, catching nearly as many passes as he did during the season.
Nichols and Senat drew praise from the East team head coach Jonathan Hayes for their efforts leading up to the game.
From Tampa Bay Times reporter Joey Knight:
“The nose tackle from South Florida (Senat) has done an excellent job. I think the linebacker from Penn State, No. 40 (Jason Cabinda) has done an excellent job. The corner from South Florida (Nichols) has done a nice job. There’s a lot of guys in my mind.”
One of the best pass rushing snaps of the week, via USF DT Deadrin Senat #ShrineGame pic.twitter.com/1Lpu2C4V7G— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 17, 2018
Deadrin Senat/DT/USF, our defensive winner from Shrine practice, turned down an invitation to play at Senior Bowl as scouts believe he did more than enough to help himself this week. #2 Poona Ford was added to roster https://t.co/fEp0oQqmF3 pic.twitter.com/bY5tvIZ6yP— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 18, 2018
I’ll be at the Trop giving updates throughout the day. Be sure to follow me at @BullsnathanSBN and follow TDS @StampedeSBN. The game starts at 3 p.m. and will air on NFL Network.