Jan. 26, 2010
After an afternoon spent largely in his opponent's backfield, there would seem to be little doubt that former Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim's performance in the 85th annual East-West Shrine Game Saturday in Orlando was helpful to his pro football prospects.
While Te'o-Nesheim's West team lost the game, 13-10, on a late touchdown by the East squad, it was a solid exhibition by the UW's all-time sacks leader.
With NFL scouting departments and a national television audience watching the game at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Te'o-Nesheim spent the game alternating series at left defensive end with Kansas State's Jeffery Fitzgerald. Te'o-Nesheim also played defensive tackle on the final drive of the game.
Early in the second quarter, Te'o-Nesheim got great penetration and a piece of East quarterback Mike Kafka's arm during a pass. On the following play, he nearly sacked Kafka and, under normal rules, probably would have gotten the sack thanks to intentional grounding. However, all star-game rules, in the interests of protecting players' health, allow intentional grounding without penalty.
Te'o-Nesheim also had a string of good plays late in the third quarter, getting several hits on East quarterbacks and drawing a holding penalty or two as well.
Next up for Te'o-Nesheim is the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Feb. 27 in Indianapolis.