HOUSTON – While college seniors and some juniors are working out around the country in preparation for the NFL Draft, former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid is trying to figure out where he fits in the grand scheme of things.
Reid, a Houston native, stopped by East-West Shrine Game practices Tuesday but was not a participant. As a redshirt junior, he's not eligible to play in senior all-star games, though he no longer is a member of the Cowboys' team.
Reid declared for the NFL Draft before Tuesday's deadline, but there's still a possibility he could return to college football for his final season of eligibility. He has not hired an agent and remains an amateur. He has until Saturday to remove his name from the draft. Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan removed his name from last year's draft after earlier declaring he was turning pro.
Reid's options are more limited than Brennan's were. For one, he will not return to Oklahoma State, where he was replaced as the starting quarterback three games into the season by Zac Robinson.
Thanks to a rule put into effect before the 2007 season, he won't be eligible to play in Division I-AA without a waiver. The new rule hopes to put an end to "hired guns" in the I-AA ranks by requiring all transfers to have at least two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Division II would be the highest level where Reid could play immediately without a waiver. Reid could have some leeway in obtaining the waiver, though, since he already has his bachelor's degree.
"I've been keeping the phone lines open and listening to anybody," Reid said.
Though Reid's final season didn't turn out the way he would have liked, he said he has no regrets. Reid seemed destined for a notable career after passing for 2,226 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2006. His junior season, though, won't be remembered for his on-field accomplishments: In defending Reid following a critical column in The Oklahoman newspaper, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy staged the season's most memorable public rant.
In the final 11 games of the season, Reid attempted only 14 passes and briefly quit the team. "I couldn't take it anymore," Reid said. "I was ready to come home to Houston."
Now he's ready to put Oklahoma State behind him.
"It's an all-right situation, but it could have been better," Reid said. "I have no regrets about my decision to go there. I had ups and downs, but everyone has done that."
Reid wasn't the only notable guest at Tuesday's Shrine Game practices. Workouts have been attended primarily by scouts and agents so far, but there were other familiar faces in Houston.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman joined Reid at practices. Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak made the quick trip to his team's practice fields to watch workouts, as did Texans backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels.
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, MVP of Super Bowl XXII, attended practice in his capacity as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' personnel executive.
There was no confusion for Oklahoma running back Allen Patrick, who managed to put at least half a dozen OU logos onto his headgear.
Shrine Game practices resumed Tuesday in full pads, but without tackling. … The East team began its practices with light 11-on-11 passing drills before warm-ups. … Michigan State defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo was added to the East roster in place of LSU cornerback Jonathan Zenon.