Thursday, June 21, 2018
Colleges

At Shrine Game, scouts don't faze Notre Dame QB

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is perhaps more prepared for the onslaught of NFL scouts and evaluations than any player in this week's East-West Shrine Game.

That's because his father, Bill Rees, has 20 years of NFL scouting experience, the last five for the Bucs, giving his son plenty of experience on the other side of the scouting process.

"I've been to these kind of events before with my dad, so I know what to expect," said Tommy Rees, who threw for 3,257 yards and 27 touchdowns as a Notre Dame senior and is one of three quarterbacks on the West roster for Saturday's game at Tropicana Field.

The elder Rees, an assistant coach at UCLA from 1979-94, scouted for the Chiefs, Bears, 49ers and Browns before joining Tampa Bay. He's in California evaluating players for another showcase game — the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl — but should be back in time to see his son play.

The Bucs' scouting department remains in place — director of player personnel Dennis Hickey was at Tuesday's practice and said the personnel department is carrying on as usual in their evaluations, though there could be changes once a new general manager is hired.

NOT TALKING: One of the bigger names this week is Michigan State LB Max Bullough, a leader on one of college football's top defenses, who was suspended from the Rose Bowl against Stanford for an unspecified violation of team rules. Bullough has declined interview requests this week. He weighed in at 265, 20 pounds heavier than his roster weight, according to optimumscouting.com.

THIS AND THAT: The East team's morning practice was canceled by rain, so Jerry Glanville and the players went through a two-hour walkthrough on carpeting under the large tent in front of the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, where the teams are staying. … Former Bucs GM Mark Dominik attended Tuesday's afternoon practice at St. Petersburg High. He's keeping tabs on prospects in case another NFL position is a match for him this spring, and plans to be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile next week. … Actual heights often differ from roster measurements, but two SEC running backs on the East team, both listed at 5 feet 10, went in opposite directions. Tennessee's Rajion Neal gained an inch, measured officially at 5-11, while Mississippi State's LaDarius Perkins was found to be just over 5-7.

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