Saturday, May 05, 2007

Shotwell working out with Raiders

Kyle Shotwell is the first former Cal Poly football player to open a minicamp with an NFL team this month. Shotwell, who signed a rookie free-agent contract with Oakland after the draft, suited up with the Raiders during their three-day mandatory camp in Alameda over the weekend.
Former Mustangs Courtney Brown (Dallas), Chris Gocong (Philadelphia) and Jordan Beck (Atlanta) open minicamp in the next week or so.
Shotwell was one of seven rookie free agents in camp with the Raiders. The others were wide receiver Chris McFoy (USC), defensive tackle Larry Brown (Oklahoma State), cornerback Marquis Cole (Northwestern), cornerback Kenny Patton (Hawaii), linebacker J.J. Milan (Nevada) and offensive lineman Eddie Keele (BYU).
Shotwell, No. 17 at Cal Poly, wore No. 41 during drills.
If that 41 looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same silver 41 that four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Phil Villapiano wore from 1971-79 with the Raiders (a little fun fact courtesy Tribune copy editor Ashley Conklin). The 6-foot-1, 222-pound linebacker was at the center of the Raiders’ 1976 championship team under the direction of former Mustang John Madden.

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