East-West Shrine Game
Both offensive lineman Gavin Andrews and defensive back Treston Decoud will be representing Oregon State in the 92nd edition of the East-West Shrine Game, which will be played on Saturday afternoon at 12 PM PT at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network. Fellow offensive lineman Sean Harlow, the Beavers’ top NFL prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, will not partake in the game due to injury.
Andrews and Decoud will suit up for the West team, which will be coached by Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, George Edwards. They are neighbored by a wealth of fellow Pac-12 talent, which includes Utah’s offensive tackle Sam Tevi and running back Joe Williams, USC tight end Taylor McNamara, Arizona wide receiver Trey Griffey and Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks, on the offensive side of things. On defense, the Pac-12 is represented by UCLA’s defensive back Fabian Moreau and safety Randall Goforth, Colorado’s defensive tackle Josh Tupou, linebackers Kenneth Olugbode and Jimmie Gilbert and safety Cedric Thompson, Arizona linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. and USC safety Leon McQuay III.
The uniqueness of the East-West Shrine game is the departing players abilities to work with NFL coaches during the practice sessions in the build-up to the game. Many of the relationships formed here help this departing seniors to raise their stock in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s hopeful that this game could aid in possibly hearing Andrews and Decoud, who are both likely on the outside looking in for the NFL Draft on the moment, to hear their name called on Draft Day.
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Oregon State’s lone representative in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be defensive back Devin Chappell, who will be hoping to raise his current NFL draft stock on Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game is slated for a 1:15 PT kick-off time and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Chappell will suit up for the National Team, which features the likes of fellow Pac-12 seniors in California running back Khalfani Muhammad, UCLA tight end Nate Iese, Washington offensive guard Jakob Eldrenkamp and UCLA defensive tackle Eli Ankou. The team will be coached by Mike Martz, a long-time NFL coach and former offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams during the 1999 Super Bowl winning season. The game has been played annually since 2012 with the National Team having won all five times, including twice under Martz. The MVP of last year’s game was Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett.
Chappell will be hoping that a notable display at the game, along with his senior season in which he totaled 75 tackles (40 solo), 7 forced fumbles, 7 pass deflections, 1 interception and 1 sack, will be enough to impress the NFL scouts on-hand to take a chance on him in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft.