East-West Shrine Game 2011 Open Thread

ARLINGTON TX - JANUARY 07: Terrence Toliver #80 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 41-24 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The very first Shrine Game took place in 1925. This will be the 86th game in history to be played. The West Team leads the series at 45-35-5. A majority of these games have taken place in the Northern California Bay Area; either San Francisco or Palo Alto most of the time. In 2006, they relocated to Texas and last year the game was moved to Orlando, Florida which is where this afternoon's game will take place.

Each year talented players are invited to this event. And each year players are able to boost their draft stock up a few slots. On the other side of that, players that are hyped a bit more than their capacity fall flat decreasing where they may be drafted. There will still be the NFL Combine for most of these guys as well. So even if some of them have a sub-par performance today, it's still possible for them to regain some ground at the NFL Combine and, or their respective pro days. One thing is certain, there will be players on both sides of that spectrum this afternoon.

Most fans that will be watching are either die-hard NCAA football fanatics and this will be, besides the Senior Bowl, the last time to watch some of their favorite college players. Some of them may also be watching because they want to see who potentially could be on their favorite pro teams roster come April. There are also some, like myself, that will be watching for both reasons.

Several NFL Teams will be in search of a quarterback to resurrect their franchises. And several pro scouts will either be in attendance or watching the game extremely closely on their televisions. They will be paying attention to detail. The mechanics, fundamentals, and just sheer on field presence will be looked at under a microscope.

The guys who will be playing in this game will without question have the adrenaline flowing. This is a huge opportunity for a lot of them. Particularly the guys who have not received a ton of the mainstream media hype.

After the jump, I will list each roster followed up with a watch list of players that will carry the most intrigue.

East Team
Coach: Dan Reeves

# Name Pos. College
85 Kyle Adams TE Purdue
95 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska
77 David Arkin OG Missouri State
99 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
6 Perry Baker WR Fairmont State
72 Ryan Bartholomew C Syracuse
70 JC Brignone C Mississippi State
71 Bryant Browning OG Ohio State
14 Mario Butler CB Georgia Tech
34 Wes Byrum K Auburn
12 Delone Carter RB Syracuse
28 Graig Cooper RB Miami
51 Akem Dent ILB Georgia
17 Patrick Devlin QB Delaware
4 Ricky Dobbs QB Navy
19 Ryan Donahue P Iowa
82 Charles Gantt TE Michigan State
43 Eric Gordon SS Michigan State
61 Christian Hairston OT Clemson
7 Jermale Hines SS Ohio State
32 Douglas Hogue OLB Syracuse
66 Randall Hunt OG Illinois
81 Lestar Jean WR Florida Atlantic
31 Brian Lainhart FS Kent State
33 Scott Lutrus ILB Connecticut
94 Gregory Lyoyd II ILB Connecticut
83 Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina
97 Terrell McClain DT USF
44 Josh McNary OLB Army
49 Bruce Miller DE UCF
3 Jonathan Nelson SS Oklahoma
86 Olong Ogbu DT Penn State
9 Martin Parker DT Richmond
76 Jah Reid OT UCF
16 Justin Rogers CB Richmond
36 Brian Rolle OLB Ohio State
22 Evan Royster RB Penn State
48 Anthony Sherman FB Connecticut
10 Cecil Shorts WR Mt. Union
2 David Sims SS Iowa State
13 Greg Smith TE Texas
65 Mike Smith OT Nebraska
5 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech
15 Josh Thomas CB Buffalo
80 Terrence Toliver WR LSU
84 Justin Trattou DE Florida
1 Terrence Turner WR Indiana
21 Demarcus Van Dyke CB Miami
78 Beau Warren Center Virginia Tech

 

West Team
Coach: Wade Phillips

 

# Name Pos. College
14 Cortez Allen CB Citadel
95 Dan Bailey PK Oklahoma State
88 Brandon Bair DT Oregon
77 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU
42 Nicholas Bellore ILB Central Michigan
80 Armon Binns WR Cincinnati
84 Jordan Cameron TE USC
43 Chris Carter OLB Fresno State
85 David Carter DT UCLA
47 Patrick DiMarco FB South Carolina
44 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona
10 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho
78 Adam Grant OT Arizona
25 Alex Green RB Hawaii
86 Virgil Green II TE Nevada
38 Trevor Hankins P Arizona State
69 Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State
54 Ben Jacobs ILB Fresno State
22 Jeron Johnson SS Boise State
1 Jerrod Johnson QB Texas A&M
13 Shiloh Keo SS Idaho
36 Karl Klug DE Iowa
82 Ted Laurent DT Mississippi
41 Orie Lemon ILB Oklahoma State
50 Laupepa Letuli OT Hawaii
21 Korey Lindsey CB Southern Illinois
60 Alex Linnenkohl C Oregon State
23 Jeffrey Maehl WR Oregon
55 Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
18 Michael Mohamed ILB California
83 OJ Murdock WR Ft. Hays State
66 Matthew O'Donnell OT Queens, Ontario
45 Cheta Ozougwu DE Rice
3 Anthony Parker WR Calgary
74 William Rackley C Lehigh
24 Andrew Rich SAF BYU
20 Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist University
72 Caleb Schlauderaff OG Utah
31 Da'rel Scott RB Maryland
33 Justin Taplin-Ross SS Utah
35 Vai Taua RB Nevada
81 Julius Thomas TE Portland State
7 Brandyn Thompson CB Boise State
16 Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin
19 Winston Venable OLB Boise State
2 Darrin Walls CB Notre Dame
8 Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
96 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame
9 Nate Williams SS Washington
51 Zachary Williams OG Washington State
98 Ryan Winterswke DE Boise State

 

 

EAST PLAYERS TO WATCH:

#99 Marvin Austin -- UNC -- DE

#14 Mario Butler -- GEORGIA TECH -- CB

#51 Akeem Dent -- GEORGIA -- ILB

#17 Patrick Devlin -- DELAWARE -- QB

#7 Jermale Hines -- OHIO STATE -- SS

#31 Brian Lainhart -- KENT STATE -- FS

#83 Cliff Matthews -- S. CAROLINA -- DE

#86 Olong Ogbu -- PENN STATE -- DT

#10 Cecil Shorts -- MT. UNION -- WR

#5 Tyrod Taylor -- VIRGINIA TECH -- QB

#22 Evan Royster -- PENN STATE -- RB

#80 Terrence Toliver -- LSU -- WR

 

WEST PLAYERS TO WATCH:

#14 Cortez Allen -- CITADEL -- CB

#77 Joseph Barksdale -- LSU -- OT/ OG

#80 Armon Binns - CINCINNATI -- WR

#44 Chris Carter -- FRESNO STATE -- OLB

#10 Nathan Enderle -- IDAHO -- QB

#22 Jeron Johnson -- BOISE STATE -- SS

#55 Dontay Moch -- NEVADA -- OLB

#7 Brandyn Thompson -- BOISE STATE -- CB

#16 Scott Tolzien -- WISCONSIN -- QB

#19 Winston Venable -- BOISE STATE -- OLB

#8 Ryan Whalen -- STANFORD -- WR

#9 Nate Williams -- WASHINGTON -- SS

#23 Jefferey Maehl -- OREGON -- WR

 

FINAL THOUGHTS: Out of both of these "watch" list, I am sure there will be a player or two that was left off. Just about every year, a guy or two that hasn't gotten the attention he deserved because he played at a smaller school, will emerge in today's spotlight. It should be a fun filled game with lots of action. There has only been a handful of games out of the 85 that have been played before this that have not been very high scoring. Either way, scoring or not, I hope to see more than all the punters showcasing their talents.

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