Back at it

Mike Riley is back on the recruiting trail and the three Beaver players that participated in the 80th annual East-West Shrine Game are back lifting weights and practicing their trade in preparation for NFL scouts. <br><br> News and notes from the East-West Shrine Game inside.

Quarterback Derek Anderson started for the West squad and led his team on a nine play, 76-yard drive to tie the game at six. Anderson completed his first pass of the game to Sacramento State receiver Fred Amey for a 27-yard gain. A few rushes later Anderson and UNLV receiver Earvin Johnson connected for a 34-yard gain.

Anderson and Utah receiver Parris Warren finished the drive when Anderson found Warren in the back of the end zone for a one-yard score. The kid from Scappoose finished the all-star event completing four of 10 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown. He was the only quarterback on the West squad not to throw an interception.

Doug Nienhuis started on the offensive line at right tackle and held his own against Auburn’s Jay Ratliff and Iowa’s Derreck Robinson.

Cornerback Aric Williams did not start the game but saw action early in the second quarter. Williams recorded one tackle. He also returned one punt for 10 yards.

Scouts evaluated the OSU talent throughout the week. Here is what some of them had to say about the players.

Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson looks like a strong-armed immobile quarterback that has a tendency to spray throws.

Anderson displayed a strong arm and drove the deep ball downfield even as the late afternoon wind kicked up.


Doug Nienhuis
Doug Nienhuis showed the feet and ability to play in space as well as getting out to the second level and annihilate linebackers


Aric Williams
Overpowered West receivers either disrupting their routes or concentration.

Physical corner but did not show the speed needed to stay with receivers in the NFL.


Additional Notes:

  • Anderson talked with scouts from the 49ers and Cardinals
  • Anderson wore #18, while Nienhuis and Williams wore their OSU numbers, #65 and #8 respectively.
  • Bill Swancutt was selected to play in the all-star game, but did not attend due to other commitments.
  • Aric Williams was an honorable mention selection by for the best week of practice.
  • Weigh-ins: Anderson – 6-6, 241 | Nienhuis 6-5, 317 | Williams 5-9, 169
  • USC’s Jason Leach and Williams hung out a lot while in San Francisco.

The players spent Sunday afternoon visiting patients and signing autographs at the Shriners Hospital in California.  Pictures of Anderson, Nienhuis and Riley follow.



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