Larsen awaits NFL draft after Shrine appearance By Ryan Finley arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 01.22.2008 Spencer Larsen had no idea. As the clock ran down in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in Houston, Larsen was pulled aside and given specific instructions. "Some guy came and told me to follow another guy off the field because, 'You're the defensive MVP,'" Larsen said Monday from Phoenix. "Really, I wasn't expecting anything like that at all." He should have. Larsen registered eight tackles, including two for losses, in the West's 31-13 victory. Saturday's game capped a busy week for Larsen, a 6-foot-1-inch, 240-pound linebacker. He boosted his draft stock, received face time on ESPN2 and brought home a trophy. The Star talked to Larsen on Monday about his Shrine Game success and pro prospects: Q: The week of the Shrine Game can be pretty hectic. How was your time in Houston? A: Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty intense — we went full pads with a lot of hitting; Thursday we had a walk-through, Friday was (team) pictures and played the game Saturday. The whole thing was pretty intense. You'd interview with (NFL) teams and try to talk to as many scouts as you could. At practice there were just nothing but scouts on both sidelines. Q: How's life as a pro? A: These are stressful months. You're trying to get as fast as you can and you're trying to impress as many people as you can. With every mistake, you want to doubt yourself, but it's been fine. It's been fun. We're living in the Phoenix area — Gilbert, actually. I have an agent, Bruce Tollner. Q: Physically, what are you working on? A: I have a trainer, and we're going at it pretty hard. I'm doing all I can to run as fast as I can. People and teams say that speed is the biggest knock on me. Nobody's real sure about my 40 time. I want to finish under 4.7 (seconds). Q: Where do you think you fit in for the draft? A: We don't think we'll probably know until after the draft. Skill-wise, I'm really confident in the way I play the game; beyond that, I bring the intangible stuff — leadership and consistency, on and off the field. Q: What's next? A: I did get invited to (next month's) NFL Combine, and I'm real excited. They were supposed to mail me an invitation, but they had the wrong address, and I never got it. I had to call them and see what was going on. They told me I had been invited, and a few days later, the invitation showed up at my house. I guess they had the completely wrong address.