Kyle Quinn considers himself a dark horse.

"Taking on that role is something I've done all my life," Quinn said. "And I enjoy it."

He was an under-the-radar recruit at Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif. He was a backup for the Arizona Wildcats for his first three years in Tucson.

And now, Quinn considers himself a sleeper NFL prospect.

"For somebody in my situation, you have to get your stuff out there," Quinn said. "The more you play, the more people will see you and take notice."

With that in mind, Quinn and teammate Taimi Tutogi will head to Carson, Calif., this week to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Both players participated in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game at Kino Stadium on Friday night.

"This is my chance, so I want to play as much as possible," Tutogi said.

While Quinn and Tutogi are in California, quarterback Matt Scott and wide receiver Dan Buckner will be in Florida for the East-West Shrine Game.

No Arizona players were selected for the Senior Bowl, and the Texas vs. The Nation Bowl Game on Feb. 2 hasn't finalized its roster yet.

Here's a closer look at the two games Arizona players are competing in.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Where and when: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.


Wildcats participating: Quinn and Tutogi

Their pro prospects: doesn't project Quinn, a center, or Tutogi, a fullback/defensive end, to be drafted. If they aren't, both could sign as rookie free agents in April.

National names: Miami (Fla.) RB Mike James and Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers. James had nearly 1,000 yards of total offense as a senior for the Hurricanes and is exciting in space. Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, threw for more than 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012.

East-West Shrine Game

Where and when: 2 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

TV: NFL Network

Wildcats participating: Buckner and Scott

Their pro prospects: projects Buckner as a seventh-round pick, and ranks him as the 25th-best receiver prospect in the 2013 draft.

CBSsports lists Scott as the 10th-best quarterback prospect in the draft and projects him to be selected in the third or fourth round.

Two national players to watch: Kansas State QB Collin Klein and Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick. Klein finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and had more than 3,500 yards of total offense. Riddick was the starting RB for the Fighting Irish and ran for 917 yards on the season.

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East-West Shrine Game

• Where: St. Petersburg, Fla.

• When: 2 p.m. Saturday

• TV: NFL Network

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

• Where: Carson, Calif.

• When: 4 p.m. Saturday