Jan. 13, 2005
UPDATE -- University of New Mexico senior offensive lineman Claude Terrell is back in San Francisco this week as he prepares to play in the 80th annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 15 at SBC Park. The 6-3, 325-pound Terrell, who has been working at his old offensive guard this week, will be looking to improve his stock for the 2005 NFL Draft with his performance in both practice and on game day. The East-West Shrine Game will be televised live on ESPN at noon (MST) on Saturday.
The LaMarque, Texas native is the second Lobo to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game under head coach Rocky Long. Fullback Jarrod Baxter played in the 2002 game and was later selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Over 200 NFL scouts, coaches, administrators and staff members have registered for credentials for this year's game.
Terrell is one of 11 players from the Mountain West Conference on the West roster, under Oregon State head coach Mike Riley. Other MWC players include: WR Earvin Johnson (UNLV), DB Morgan Scalley (Utah), DB Aaron Francisco (BYU), K/P Matt Payne (BYU), LB John Rudzinski (Air Force), LB/DL Brady Poppinga (BYU), LB Adam Seward (UNLV), OL Chris Kemoeatu (Utah), OL Erik Pears (Colorado State), and WR Paris Warren (Utah).
Terrell made a good first impression in San Francisco, earning the following praise in the official Monday practice report:
"There was also plenty of notes to be taken on the West team's offensive linemen, especially New Mexico offensive guard Claude Terrell, who was fundamentally sound on many of his 1-on-1 assignments, using a wide base and strong upper body to keep defenders at bay."
Terrell headlines a group of three Lobos, including two fellow first team all-MWC selections in linebacker Nick Speegle and cornerback Brandon Payne, who will be competing in postseason all-star games this month. Speegle and Payne will travel to Las Vegas next week for the 2004 Las Vegas All-American Classic, which will be played on Jan. 22 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (MST), but television details have yet to be announced.