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03/18/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: None of the University of Montana's football players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but at least four players at the school's pro day left an impression on representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Safety Shann Schillinger (5-11 3/4) ran 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40, had a 37-inch vertical leap, 9-11 broad jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.07 three-cone drill and 21 reps in the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Looks like a S/CB tweener. Good speed. Small school sleeper.

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03/18/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: None of the University of Montana's football players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but at least four players at the school's pro day left an impression on representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Safety Shann Schillinger (5-11 3/4) ran 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40, had a 37-inch vertical leap, 9-11 broad jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.07 three-cone drill and 21 reps in the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Looks like a S/CB tweener. Good speed. Small school sleeper.

As was another Montana guy - Kroy Beer-man.

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03/18/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: None of the University of Montana's football players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but at least four players at the school's pro day left an impression on representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Safety Shann Schillinger (5-11 3/4) ran 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40, had a 37-inch vertical leap, 9-11 broad jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.07 three-cone drill and 21 reps in the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Looks like a S/CB tweener. Good speed. Small school sleeper.

He has a big frame so he's a safety. He's from Biermann school.

http://www.montanagrizzlies.com/pages/bio.aspx?b=11052156100jr21564420yes215633154312100884019404&m=18

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Interesting not here: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100419/BREAKING02/304190019/NFL-draft-Dallas-Morning-News-Sizing-up-the-safeties .

Looks like he has good pass cover skills.

Air raid: With the NFL game going more and more to the pass, the pros are looking less for run-support types and more for safeties who can make plays on the ball. "Cover safety" has become a buzz word this draft season. No one on this safety board covers like Berry, who played some nickel corner for Tennessee in 2009. He got his hands on 44 passes in his three-year career, intercepting 14 passes and breaking up 30 others.

Here's the scorecard of the best pass defenders on the safety board:

Safety School INT PBU PD

Eric Berry Tenn. 14 30 44

Earl Thomas Texas 10 33 43

Jeromy Miles Mass 9 23 32

Kurt Coleman Ohio St. 9 22 31

Kendrick Lewis Miss St 6 24 30

Shann Schillinger Mont 10 19 29

Morgan Burnett Ga Tech 14 13 27

Barry Church Toledo 9 18 27

Robert Johnson Utah 13 13 26

Jordan Lake Baylor 6 20 26

Taylor Mays So Cal 5 21 26

Darrell Stuckey Kansas 8 18 26

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Schillinger keeps piling up numbers

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By FRITZ NEIGHBOR of the Missoulian | Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 1:00 pm | No Comments Posted

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buy this photo Montana safety Shann Schillinger, 39, celebrates with the defense after a fumble recovery against South Dakota State last fall. Photo by KURT WILSON/Missoulian

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Casual fans may be surprised when they see "4.42" next to Shann Schillinger's name, though it's unlikely everyone at last week's pro day at the University of Montana wrote down that number.

"The thing about the 40," says Schillinger, the Grizzlies' former starting free safety, "is I think every scout writes down his own time.

"What people don't realize is it was a 40-degree day we were running in. I think we all ran good times."

Whatever his time over 40 yards - 4.42, 4.50 - was, it's hard to say it helped Schillinger's stock as the NFL draft approaches. Really, it's just a number.

It doesn't alter his game-changing interception of Armanti Edwards in Montana's 24-17 win over Appalachian State last December. Does it matter more than Schillinger chasing down Demetrius Crawford in 2008, when the Griz went "Old School" in copper uniforms and thumped the Cats?

I'd like to think not.

Whatever happens, whether he goes in the sixth or seventh round on April 24 or is offered a free agent tryout, the Baker product has done all that can be expected of him in five years on the UM campus. Probably more.

"I can't believe how fast it goes by," Schillinger says, echoing countless athletes before him. If his words aren't original, his career is. He played in 56 games and started his last 31 for the Griz, who in that span went 50-6 and 29-2.

Certain early evenings at UM stand out.

"The Montana State game, with the throwbacks," Schillinger says. "The James Madison game (in the 2008 FCS semifinals). To go down and win in that environment was special. And the Appalachian State game.

"With the guys we had, and the coaches, that was a great run. It's sad to have it be over, but they say every good thing must come to an end."

Schillinger is taking six credits this semester, worked in around training. He, Marc Mariani and Shawn Lebsock were running the stadium steps while the Griz went through spring drills Tuesday. Two Mondays ago he benched 185 pounds 21 times for NFL scouts, who measured his vertical leap at 37 inches.

He's done all he can, but to make sure he takes counsel from roommate Brandon Fisher, his Griz teammate who is heading to the NFL himself - as an assistant.

"He's done everything from prepare me for pro day to tell me what to expect from the scouts," said Schillinger of Fisher. "I owe a lot to what he's done. And he's already been offered a couple jobs in the NFL. He's a hot commodity."

You'd like to think the same of Schillinger, one of just three Big Sky Conference players who were invited to a postseason all-star game. He says he's preparing for the worst so his expectations don't get too high.

It's that "Old School" game that showcases his attitude and ability the best. It's Nov. 22, 2008, and MSU's Demetrius Crawford runs 84 yards on the Cats' second snap. It would've been a TD had Schillinger not chased him down, beat a lead blocker and popped the ball loose.

Officials missed the fumble; soon, it was academic.

"Had we got that fumble - that would've been nice," Schillinger says. "But we had a goal-line stand to really set the tone for the game.

"The way it worked out was probably better."

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A year of Saturdays: Shann Schillinger has had 52 Griz game days - and counting

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Safety Shann Schillinger has 45 tackles and an interception for the Griz this season. Photo by Michael Gallacher/Missoulian .

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Shann Schillinger can look back over his college career and count the number of Big Sky Conference losses on one finger.

He can remember the chaotic end to the 2008 "Brawl of the Wild" - a 73-yard interception return against the Bobcats by George Mercer for which Schillinger flew escort - and think, it doesn't get any better.

And he can think back to making the eight-hour drive from Baker to Missoula for the Grizzly football camp, in the summer of 2004, just to make sure Bobby Hauck and his staff would see what he could do.

"I played DB and receiver, and tried to do whatever I could to get a look," Schillinger said Tuesday. "Me and Ty (Palmer) always laugh about it, because he used to throw to me. The good old days."

Palmer's a receiver these days, and Schillinger is a safety, and the days remain good for the unbeaten Griz, even if they're numbered.

Fifty-two. That's how many game days Schillinger has suited up for as a Griz, heading into Saturday's "Brawl of the Wild," the 109th meeting between Montana and Montana State in Bozeman.

Montana has gone 47-5 in that time, including a 30-1 mark in Big Sky games.

"It seems like yesterday I was a little 170-pound kid from Baker, coming into Missoula to play for the Griz," Schillinger says now. "Kind of a dream come true. It's winding down, and it's more than I could ask for - tremendous players, but tremendous guys off the field. I've been blessed to be able to play alongside them.

"But it's not quite time to reflect yet," he adds. "Hopefully we can ride this out for a few weeks longer."

Defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson was the first Griz coach to contact Schillinger, who played quarterback and safety at Baker, an oil and agricultural town in southeastern Montana.

But it was Schillinger who noticed UM first, well before he wrapped up a high school career that saw the Spartans go 49-1 and win three State B football titles. The young man wanted to go west.

"I graduated from up there," noted Shann's father Jim, a retired teacher and coach who was recruited out of Circle by Jack Swarthout. "And we tried to always watch the Griz games on TV when we could. And so he's always been a bit interested. I guess he kind of asked me about going to their camp the summer between his junior and senior year."

Talk about generational differences: Shann drove to a summer camp, while 36 years before Jim had actually flown out of Glendive for a recruiting visit. The end results were different, too, in that as good as Swarthout's teams were - Jim Schillinger was mostly a backup running back on squads that went 26-7 - Bobby Hauck's charges have won even more.

Hauck, now in his seventh season as UM's coach, remembers the camp well. He ran a bunch of "Renegades" - players from scattered towns who banded together to compete in the team camp - that included Ty and Jace Palmer, Noxon's Dan Beaudin and Schillinger.

"He kind of lit it up," remembered Hauck. "Certainly camp was a deciding factor in this being a guy we wanted to recruit."

"I really liked his (Hauck's) style and competitiveness," said Shann. "We kind of clicked together. I guess the rest is history.

"After the (2004) season Coach Paulson offered me a scholarship, and it was a real comforting decision. Both of them grew up in the same situation I did, in a small eastern Montana town. And the fit's been great."

Schillinger seemed Big Sky-ready upon his arrival in 2005, but a broken foot made it a redshirt season.

Starting in 2006, he hasn't missed a game.

"Great ball skills," says Hauck. "He can play either side of the ball. We really didn't see him as anything but a safety, but he's a guy - if you need him to - who could play corner, wide receiver and probably even be a linebacker.

"He's a big, physical athlete at safety, which there aren't a lot of."

Schillinger played behind Torrey Thomas from 2006-07, and then took over as starter at free safety last fall.

The Griz went 14-2, advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game, and Schillinger was second on the team with 108 tackles, to go with four interceptions, two fumbles forced and recovered, and 10 passes defended.

That his numbers have dropped to 45 tackles and one crucial interception - in the end zone to seal UM's 41-34 win over Northern Arizona in overtime - this season is either a testament to the respect he's earned from Big Sky coaches, or the job the Griz corners are doing. Maybe both.

"I don't know if people were officially going a different direction," said Hauck. "A lot of times if you're doing a great job in pass defense, you don't get a lot of plays your direction."

Whatever the case, Schillinger wasn't as visible, and he soon found himself getting reps at strong safety.

"That's why we switched him sides - offenses were throwing away from him a little bit," said Hauck. "He's been playing the ‘field' (strong safety) a little bit more, and he's had more plays."

And the Griz have kept winning.

"They're pretty interchangeable," said Schillinger, who has 212 career tackles. "I think the year's gone pretty good. My stats aren't as good as last year's, but ... I can only control what I can control, and make the plays when I have the chance.

"Right now we're 10-0 and this is my last year of football here, and I only care about winning. And that's the honest to God truth."

Schillinger is closing in on his secondary education degree, with a business minor.

"I've been around teaching and coaching my whole life," he said. "It's something I've always wanted to do."

You can thank dad Jim and uncle Don for that. Don Schillinger, one of the winningest high school football coaches in state history, has guided Baker to six state titles.

As far as where Shann was going to play college, Jim let his youngest son make up his mind. It worked for the oldest, Jace, who redshirted at Carroll College before transferring to Dickinson (N.D.) State, where he became the Blue Hawks' career rushing leader in 2004.

A year later Shann landed in Missoula.

"I think deep down (Dad) wanted me to come here, but he kind of let me make my decision," he said. "But he liked the fact that his coaching staff was willing to give Montana kids a chance. I think he thought this would be the best fit for me, and it turned out that way."

"If he had gone to Dickinson, I'd have been happy, too," Jim Schillinger said. "But he wanted to give it a try at Montana, and I didn't want him to wonder about it later. I figured, give it a whirl and see how it goes."

Jim Schillinger is saying this from the cab of a truck, near Vida. He was hauling wheat from Circle to Wolf Point.

"I've got to pay for all the trips I've been taking," joked the man who hasn't missed a home Griz game in two years.

What he and wife Debi have seen in Missoula the past four years is a bit removed from Dornblaser Stadium in the early '70s. It figures they'll get at least one more trip to Washington-Grizzly Stadium, since the Griz have all but locked up a home playoff game.

It doesn't matter to them that Greeley, Colo., is just as close to Baker as Missoula.

"Mom and Dad, every Thursday evening or Friday morning they pack up and drive from east to west," said Shann. "That's a lot of traveling. But I think it's something they really enjoy and they'll miss it when it's over."

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He's only 5-11, so he may have the hips to play CB. He certainly has the speed.

I think the Falcons said they were going to use some packages that had a lot of DBs, so he may at times line up at S, others at CB. The reality is he seems to be another multi position player.

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03/18/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: None of the University of Montana's football players participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but at least four players at the school's pro day left an impression on representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Safety Shann Schillinger (5-11 3/4) ran 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40, had a 37-inch vertical leap, 9-11 broad jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.07 three-cone drill and 21 reps in the bench press. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Looks like a S/CB tweener. Good speed. Small school sleeper.

Gil Brandt just spoke about him on NFL/Sirius radio. He seemed to favor him and he says he saw him at one time run a 4.4 in the 40 on a cold wet day. And got 38-inch vertical. Not much different stats from what you got but could be faster than pro day results. Hard to get lower than 4.4. Says he makes plays and he realizes that it is big difference from BigSky to NFL but he makes plays. A good pick for Atlanta at this time of the draft.

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Gil Brandt just spoke about him on NFL/Sirius radio. He seemed to favor him and he says he saw him at one time run a 4.4 in the 40 on a cold wet day. And got 38-inch vertical. Not much different stats from what you got but could be faster than pro day results. Hard to get lower than 4.4. Says he makes plays and he realizes that it is big difference from BigSky to NFL but he makes plays. A good pick for Atlanta at this time of the draft.

Gil loved our pick Biermann when we drafted him.

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so how many of these picks could the falcons have just gotten undrafted

Who cares? You get who you like, outside opinions be damned. What if he passed on him because someone said he'd go undrafted... then someone else did what TD wanted to do and take him earlier to make sure they got him? No player in particular cause I don't think any of these guys were going undrafted. You get who you want.

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Small School/Under the Radar Prospects

April 17, 2010 in Bears News by dude

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Barnes (#7) led nation with 155 catches and 19 TD's.

The real value of any draft is often found beyond the first three rounds, where good scouting takes over to uncover hidden gems, developmental prospects, and unrealized potential. For every first round bust, theres a sixth round pick like Tom Brady or undrafted free agent like Tony Romo, who flourish in the pro game once given a chance to develop and sound coaching. With that in mind, lets dig deeper into the 2010 NFL draft for some prospects who may not be elite prospects, but have interesting stories and a chance to contribute at the next level. As always, well take a Bears Slant on players who might fill a niche for Chicago.

1. Danny Batten, DE, South Dakota State Batten was a four-year starter for the Jackrabbits. DE who is more of a combo DE/OLB. Not overly big and could get pushed around, but knows how to get to the QB. Nice blend of speed and a quick first step. Gaining momentum in draft circles. Impressive in post-season; stood out at Texas Vs. Nation game. Late round pick.

2. Freddie Barnes, WR Bowling Green Barnes led the nation with 155 catches and 19 touchdowns, but he serves as a relative unknown. Wasnt invited to the scouting combine. Doesnt time well in the 40, but plays much faster. Crafty and has knack for getting open. Good hands, and will make the tough catch. Strong, breaks tackles. Good character. Late rounder who, given the opportunity, will surprise in camp.

3. Joique Bell, RB, Wayne State A thick-bodied, one cut runner with a good mix of balance, vision, and strength. Best inside, but has enough speed to get to the edge. Rushed for over 2,000 yards his last two seasons. Showed he could step up in competition with post-season effot. Slow forty and ball security issues could knock him down to fifth-seventh round.

4. Shann Schillinger, S, Montana Hard-working and durable, Schillinger anchored the Grizzlies deep patrol the last two years. Good speed and has the range and athletic ability to cover. Aggressive hitter who always seems to be in the middle of the action. Decent instincts and ability to change directions. Heady, self-made player. Seveth round or priority free agent.

5. Jeromy Miles/Eric Dickson, S, Massachusetts Miles and Dickson manned the deep patrol for the Minutemen, but both will have to earn their way at the next level. Miles is more well-known with interesting size/speed ratios. His instincts are ok, but could be exposed at the next level. Dickson is a straight-line player who plays faster than timed speed. He is an aggressive hitter who pursues well and showed some ability on the blitz. Both Miles and Dickson could merit a mini-camp tryout or invitation as free agents, where they would need to earn their keep as special team players to earn further consideration. Similarities to former Bear Cameron Worrell.

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