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A Week in the Spotlight

A Week in the Spotlight

Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick completed his week in St. Petersburg this afternoon, completing five of eight passes for 53 yards and a touchdown pass for the West team as they beat the East 21-17 in the Shrine Game.

It was a roller coaster week for Stick for observers on the outside, trying to follow the practices at the Shrine Game. Unlike the Senior Bowl, these practices are not televised, so we’re reliant on reporters that are on site and trying to deduce the best they can the progress certain prospects were making.

Kudos to Mike McFeely for some top notch reporting this week, speaking with Stick’s agent Chase Callahan from Rep 1 Sports, the same agent the reps former Bison linebacker and current Jacksonville Jaguar Nick DeLuca. Callahan told McFeely that Stick has been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which begins February 26th. Stick will become the tenth former NDSU player since 2006 ro receive an invite to the Combine (Craig Dahl, Mike Dragosavich, Paul Cornick, Billy Turner, Kyle Emanuel, John Crockett, Carson Wentz, Joe Haeg, Nick DeLuca and Stick).

That amount is staggering for an FCS school and for many Group of Five member schools. Stick is likely to be the second straight quarterback drafted out of NDSU, another startling fact. Stick will continue to work out in California in leading up to the Combine, which will be his time to prove himself to the scouts. Wentz shot to the top of the draft charts after his work at the Combine. Stick won’t move himself into a first round position, but a good Combine and Pro Day and he could find himself at the back end of day two (third round).

Next up is the Senior Bowl this coming week, as Bruce Anderson will be working out all week. Practices begin on Tuesday, the NFL Network does televise those. There will be some familiar faces there with Anderson from the FCS, Keelan Doss from UC Davis, Khalen Saunders from Western Illinois, Nasir Adderly from Delaware and SDSU’s Jordan Brown. NDSU saw three of those players up close, all of them excellent.

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