Reese, Shaw Go Back to Back in NFL Draft
Talented Spartans picked in fifth round.
April 19, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State outside linebacker Ike Reese and offensive guard Scott Shaw went back to back in the fifth round of the NFL Draft Sunday, with Reese going to the Philadelphia Eagles and Shaw to the Miami Dolphins.
The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Reese was the 19th player picked in the fifth round and the No. 142 selection overall. Reese, a third-team All-America choice by the Associated Press, led the Spartans in tackles with 137 (88 solos, 49 assists) in 1997. He had nine tackles for losses (34 yards), including three sacks (16). The Cincinnati native reached double figures in tackles 10 times last season, including a career-high 17 stops against Michigan. A four-year starter, Reese had 22 career double-digit tackle games and finished third on MSUs all-time tackles chart with 420 career stops.
Reese will be reunited with former Spartan assistant coach Jim Bollman, who was named tight ends coach by Philadelphia last February.
"I let out a big sigh of relief when I finally got the phone call," Reese said from his home in Cincinnati. "I had Philadelphia in the back of my mind because I felt real comfortable with their coaches at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last February. I talked to Coach Bollman a couple of minutes before Philadelphia's pick and he said things looked good.
"I won't be content with making Philadelphia's roster because I've never been satisfied by sitting on the bench. I will do whatever I have to do to contribute whether that means playing on the special teams or as a backup. I'm looking forward to going out there and competing for a job."
The 6-4, 305-pound Shaw was the 20th player chosen in the fifth round and the No. 143 selection overall. Shaw graded out better than 80 percent in nine games in 97 and earned first-team All-America honors from Gannett News Service. He consistently earned the teams top grade for pass protection, allowing only one sack all season.
"The draft was nerve-racking," Shaw said. "I really felt like I was going to play in Phoenix. Arizona called first then two seconds later Miami called and put Jimmy Johnson on the phone. I'm excited about the selection. Coach Johnson told me that they were looking for a hard-nosed, tough player and I told him that I'd do anything they ask of me. I'll report to Miami's mini-camp next weekend and move down there in June.
"I really don't know Coach Johnson but I know the caliber of players that he's coached in the past. A lot of people have compared his coaching style to that of (Michigan State head coach) Nick Saban."