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Quinton Flowers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling invited to NFL combine (UPDATED)

By Joey Knight
USF receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a 64-yard touchdown catch in Saturday's Birmingham Bowl victory against Texas Tech. (LOREN ELLIOTT | Times)

A day after Bulls senior WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling announced via Twitter he has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, QB Quinton Flowers revealed via Instagram he also is headed to Indianapolis.

Widely considered the greatest player in program history, Flowers exited Saturday's Birmingham Bowl — his collegiate finale — with at least 37 school records. He likely will emerge as one of the Combine's most intriguing candidates, based on his astounding production and library of highlight clips, combined with the fact he doesn't possess a prototypical NFL frame (6-foot, 215 pounds).

Valdes-Scantling had three receptions for 133 yards — including a 64-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter — Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl, giving him 53 catches for 879 yards and six TDs on the season. That breaks the USF single-season receiving yardage record set by Rodney Adams (822) in 2015.

His ranginess, speed (he was a sprinter at Lakewood) and character make him an obvious prospect, though he's currently not among the draft's top 30 receiver prospects according to WalterFootball.com. Valdes-Scantling, who already has a degree in communications, spent Christmas Day distributing duffel bags filled with supplies to the homeless in the bay area.

A 6-5 Lakewood alumnus,  Valdes-Scantling and Flowers become USF's third and fourth Combine invitees in the last two years. Adams, who played with Valdes-Scantling at Lakewood, and RB Marlon Mack were invited last season.

The Combine will be held Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis.