Buffaloes quarterback Tyler Hansen has received an invite to participate in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game on January 21st in St. Petersburg , Florida. Hansen is a fringe NFL Draft pick (as in, very fringe) but this game will be attended by scouts of every NFL team and a good performance could, at the very least, land him some invites to post-draft camps as a free agent. Buffs' guard Ryan Miller has also been invited to participate in the game. Hansen will be working out in Denver with trainer Loren Landow along with former teammates Rodney Stewart, Evan Harrington, and Josh Hartigan.
Junior South Florida running back Darrell Scott has decided to join the fray and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Still a polarizing figure among Colorado football fans, Scott left the program under Dan Hawkins two seasons ago. He had a decent enough year as a Bull in 2011, but SB Nation's USF blog, Voodoo Five, is not a fan of the decision:
Scott ran for 814 yards and scored a total of six TDs this year, but as Greg Auman has pointed out a couple of times on Twitter, he didn't score any of those against the eight BCS AQ schools that he faced. (He missed the game against Syracuse.) Four of his six TDs came against Florida A&M, which was maybe the biggest talent mismatch in school history. In the eight BCS AQ games he played, he ran for 499 yards, never reached 20 carries, and topped out at 100 yards against Rutgers. Scott isn't a pass-catching back, and he had some trouble hanging on to the ball.
Maybe he would have scored more if the play-calling hadn't been so terrible by the goal line. But he also got to play in an offense that ran the ball a lot differently than the usual NFL offense does. He had much bigger holes to run through than he would in a pro-style offense, and he didn't show a whole lot of pile-pushing, run-guys-over ability. I find it very hard to believe that Scott wouldn't have benefitted from another year of college football.