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Officiating crews for the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating rosters for the two remaining college invitational all-star games: the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl.

While NFL scouts and teams will evaluate players again this weekend, the NFL will use the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. to evaluate some of its developmental officials in the Officiating Development Program.

Since the termination of NFL Europe in 2007, the NFL lacked a way to evaluate prospective officials. That changed in 2013 with the creation of the Officiating Development Program (ODP). Officials in this program typically officiate games during the NFL preseason and then return to their respective collegiate conferences for the regular season. In 2020, the program included 48 college officials across 6 conferences.

Under normal circumstances, the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are also used for officiating development. However, those games have been cancelled this season due to the pandemic.

The Hula Bowl, reinstated last year after being dormant since 2008, does not have involvement with the NFL. The director of officiating is NFL replay official Matt Sumstine, who assembled the crew and is a member of the Hawaii Football Officials Association. The game is being played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

All times are Eastern.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Reese’s Senior Bowl, Mobile, Ala., 2:30 p.m. NFLN

This year, the line of scrimmage and deep wing officiating positions will rotate between different officials. Also, the referee and umpire will switch roles in the second half. NFL mechanics are followed, so there is no center judge.

  Name ODP Seasons NCAA Conf.
R James Carter 2019-2020 SEC
U Bryan Banks 2020 Big Ten
H Maia Chaka 2014-2017, 2020 Pac-12
H Chad Green 2017 SEC
L Robin DeLorenzo 2017-2020 Big Ten
L Brian Perry 2019-2020 AAC
F Max Causey 2018-2020 Pac-12
F Alonzo Ramsey III 2019-2020 ACC
S LaShell Nelson 2016-2020 Big Ten
S Lo Van Pham 2018-2020 Big 12
B Tra Boger 2019-2020 SEC

Sunday, Jan. 31

Hula Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii, 7:00 p.m. CBSSN

Umpire Francisco Villar is the only member of the Hula Bowl crew who is a part of the NFL Officiating Development Program. Other officials include members of the Hawaii Football Officials Association.

  Name ODP Seasons NCAA Conf.
R Steve Strimling Pac-12
C Brian Alos Big 12
U Francisco Villar 2020 Pac-12
H Jeff Hutcheon CFO West
L Craig Shaner HFOA
F Jonathan Thorpe HFOA
S Duane Moku CFO West
B John Morton Pac-12
  • Replay official: Matt Sumstine (NFL replay official and Hula Bowl coordinator of officiating)
  • Replay communicator: James Decker (HFOA)
  • Replay assistant: Mike Goshima (former WAC)
Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a senior at the University of New Haven, majoring in forensic science. He has been involved in football officiating for eight years and currently works as a flag football official in college. This is his fifth season covering NFL officiating for Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs.

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