(STATS) - The practices and interviews during the week offer NFL personnel the best opportunities to develop opinions of prospects for the upcoming draft.
But there's nothing wrong with impressing teams at the East-West Shrine Game on game day.
Saturday, Stony Brook defensive end Victor Ochi did just that, completing an excellent week playing for the East squad, which lost 29-9 to the West at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Ochi collected a sack and another tackle from behind of scrambling West quarterback Nate Sudfeld.
Stony Brook has never had a player selected in the NFL Draft, but Ochi is expected to change that in late April. The CAA Football Co-Defensive Player of the Year displayed his high motor, speed and first step throughout the week. At 6-foot-1, 244 pounds, he doesn't have NFL size for defensive end, so a switch to outside linebacker is possible, but his longer arms (33½ inches) help in his pass rush.
In addition to Ochi, the 91st Shrine Game included five other FCS All-Americans, defensive ends James Cowser of Southern Utah and Tyrone Holmes of Montana, South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, Southern Utah cornerback LeShaun Sims and Liberty kicker John Lunsford.
Lunsford opened the scoring with a 31-yard field goal, but missed on an NFL-distance extra point while the East built a 9-0 lead in the first quarter.
Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, the former FCS All-American from Eastern Washington, was named the offensive player of the game. He threw for three touchdowns, including a Shrine game-record 93-yard score to Purdue wide receiver Danny Anthrop, in the second quarter, when the West rebounded to take a 23-9 halftime lead. Adams was 6 of 9 for 191 yards.
June Jones coached the winning West squad. Charlie Weis coached the East.