ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Hollins’ post-Oregon job search is off to a strong start.
The outside linebacker was named the defensive most valuable player of the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.
Hollins finished the all-star game with 10 tackles, including three for loss, with two sacks to lead the West to a 21-17 victory over the East in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The fifth-year senior had 64 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks for the Ducks last season. The versatile 6-foot-5, 242-pound Hollins also had seven pass breakups, five forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception for defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt.
Oregon tight end Kano Dillon was also invited to the East-West Shrine Game but did not have a reception.
Hollins, projected as a late-round NFL draft pick, obviously improved his stock during the talent showcase televised on the NFL Network.
"The only statement I could make is playing hard," Hollins said.
Brett Rypien displayed some of his pedigree in the game.
Rypien and Easton Stick each threw a touchdown pass to help the West beat the East 21-17 on Saturday.
Rypien, a Boise State product and nephew of Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, was 10 of 14 for 134 yards.
Scouts from a number of NFL teams talked with Rypien during a week of workouts preceding the game.
"Overall it was a great week," Rypien said. "I thought I came down here and did what I needed to do as far as what I wanted to show the scouts."
Stick, from North Dakota State, completed 5 of 8 passes for 51 yards.
Purdue's David Blough had two touchdowns and 149 yards on 10-of-15 passing for the East.
Rypien connected on a 22-yard scoring strike with LSU's Nick Brossette during the first drive of the game.
"Thought I was pretty accurate with the ball for the most part," Rypien said.
Nebraska's Devine Ozigbo had a two-yard TD run midway through the second as the West took a 14-0 lead. The score was set up by a fumble return by Michigan's Tyree Kinnel.
On the first play following an interception by BJ Blunt of McNeese State, Stick threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Arizona State's Shawn Poindexter that made 21-0 five minutes into the third.