No FCS player may have risen more in the minds of NFL scouts this weekend than Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman.
After suffering through an injury-plagued senior season, Coleman was a standout in the 87th East-West Shrine Game Saturday at Tropicana Field.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Coleman earned the starting nod under East team coach Bobby Ross and completed 10-of-15 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown. His East team fell to the West, 24-17.
Coleman showed excellent pocket awareness and accuracy, going 6-for-6 on the first-quarter drive in which he connected with Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Coleman was limited to seven games by a shoulder injury this season. He threw for 6,871 yards in three years at Chattanooga after transferring from Tennessee.
At the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday in Carson, Calif., Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 8-of-17 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown as his American team fell to the National team, 20-14.
Earlier this month, Mitchell captured the 2011 Walter Payton Award, which is given to the outstanding player in the FCS, presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com.