Monroe MVP at International Bowl
Saying that Brandon Monroe had a game to remember at the recent U.S. International Bowl football classic might be an understatement.
A workhorse running back for the Del Oro Golden Eagles last season, Monroe was up to his old tricks as he helped carry the load in sparking the U.S. Under-18 All-Stars to a 29-14 win over Canada in the game played in Austin, Texas.
Monroe, who joined a host of other All-Stars playing in the game in signing their college scholarship letters of intent during the week of the game, carried the ball 32 times for 238 yards and scored three touchdowns.
The team rallied around Monroe, who signed a national letter of intent to play at San Jose State. His effort helped earn him the U.S. Player of the Game honors.
“Coach told me in the third quarter that I’d be carrying the ball a lot more, and just said, ‘All right. I’ll do it,” Monroe said. “The offensive line did a great job. The tight ends and wide receivers were making blocks downfield. The whole team really deserved the award.”
Monroe will now turn his attention to track at Del Oro before heading off this summer to San Jose State where he is projected to play safety.
Otten Heads To NFL Combine
Ryan Otten, another former Del Oro football player who completed a standout career at San Jose State this past season, is gearing up for this week’s NFL Scouting Combine which is being held in Indianapolis.
Otten, listed at 6-5 and 245 pounds, caught 47 passes for 742 yards and four touchdowns this past season for the Spartans who had a banner 11-2 season and which included a bowl victory.
Otten, a two-time John Mackey Watch List nominee, was also selected to play in the Senior Bowl All-Star game but was slowed in the game by an injured finger which picked up a staph infection and eventually led to him being hospitalized.
“It was quite an ordeal,” said Steve Otten, Ryan’s father. “He was sick back there with the flu and then got the infection. Through it all though, he didn’t miss a snap.”
Steve Otten noted that the only drawback about Ryan being ill through the Senior Bowl week was having to miss the game week activities.
“All he wanted to do after each practice was get off his feet and try and rest,” said Steve Otten. “He missed a lot of the fun stuff.”
Otten has been training in Southern California to prepare for the NFL Combine. Tight ends will be evaluated on Sat. Feb. 23. The NFL Network covers the combine.