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College all-star games will feature developmental officials scouted by NFL

The invitational bowl schedule continues with the East-West Shrine Bowl on Thursday and the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday.



The invitational bowl schedule continues with the East-West Shrine Bowl on Thursday and the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday. For these games, the NFL officiating department selects officials from its development program to officiate these collegiate all-stars.

The NFL’s Mackie Development Program — renamed two years ago for the late Wayne Mackie who spearheaded development initiatives as a former NFL official and executive — allows college football officials and NFL prospects to get extra training from the NFL and will work in NFL training camps during the summer months.

These invitational bowls are included, as it allows for these prospective new hires to take more snaps under the watchful eye of the NFL officiating department, to potentially move up the pipeline to join the NFL roster. The Hula Bowl was the first invitational bowl played this year on Jan. 13. Following this weekend, one game remains: the Legacy Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 25.

Below are the crew rosters for each game, including notations for officials who are currently in the MDP, assignments to bowl games or conference championship games this season, and assignment to a spring pro football league in the past 3 years.

Hula Bowl

UCF FBC Mortgage Stadium, Orlando | Jan. 13

RMichael Vandervelde  PRO
UWilliam Thomas MDP PRO CC
DJJohn Braun 
LJJeremiah Harris
FJRaymond Tate III  PRO
SJLarry Smith  MDP PRO
BJWayne Johnson
AlternateKarina Tovar, Kris Loving

East-West Shrine Bowl

Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas | Feb. 1, 8 p.m. NFLN

RMark Kluczynski
UIan Malepaei
DJJonathan May 
LJJeff Hutcheon 
FJKrystle Apellaniz
SJGabriel DeLeon  MDP PRO
BJCourtney Brown  MDP
AlternateAntony Little, Robert Richeson

Senior Bowl

Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, Ala. | Feb. 3, 1 p.m. NFLN

RScott Walker
UBrad Hudak  PRO
DJBrian Perry MDP PRO CC
LJDerek Anderson  MDP PRO CC
FJKarina Tovar  MDP PRO
SJJustin Larrew  MDP PRO
BJJustin Staehr PRO CC
AlternateJosh Aragon, Jeremy Epps

HBCU Legacy Bowl

Yulman Stadium, New Orleans | Feb. 24, 4 p.m. NFLN

RArt Brown
USarah Fleming 
DJMonique Washington PRO
LJKristopher Loving Sr.
FJAntonio Smith  CC
SJJonathan Bullock
BJGregory Rattler Jr. CC
AlternateDavid Lofton, Joseph Martinez

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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  1. Anonymous

    February 2, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    A quick google of Sarah Fleming shows that she was doing high school in 2022. I’m not sure what standards NFL ref scouts are using, but if this is the same person as I googled I’m suspicious that there are other motives behind this inclusion.

  2. phil griffin

    February 19, 2024 at 6:28 am

    outstanding job, last year by your staff.

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