Te'o-Nesheim Turns In Solid Shrine Game Performance

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.

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