East West Shrine Game 2012: Which College Stars Will Make Biggest Impact?

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 05: Quarterback Dan Persa #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats looks down field during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium November 5, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Northwestern beat Nebraska 28-25. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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During the offseason there are always a few different football games featuring college football stars looking to get a shot at the professional level.

Today's East-West Shrine Game will feature many lesser known players across the nation that will be fighting to catch the eye of coaches around the NFL.

Former Vikings coach Brad Childress will be coaching the West. Former professional and college coach Bobby Ross will be coaching the East.

At 4 p.m. ET on NFL Network, the two teams will face off and college stars will try to stand out amongst the crowd.

Here are players who will have the biggest impact on the game.


QB Dan Persa, Northwestern (West)

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa has had a career riddled with injuries. It's a shame, because he's one of the more talented players in the country.

When healthy, Persa has typically dominated.

He has a career total of 34 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions. He has thrown for 5,181 yards and rushed for 716 yards.

Keep in mind that the majority of these stats were put up in just two seasons where he didn't play in every game.

Those injuries will hurt his stock, but his play in this game could be enough for a team to at least give him a shot to make the roster.


RB Marc Tyler, Southern Cal (West)

If USC's senior running back could have stayed out of trouble during the duration of his collegiate career, he may have found himself as a mid-round pick in the upcoming draft.

Due to his issues, he will now be battling to get drafted at all.

However, Tyler is a very talented runner. He has the skill set needed to succeed at the next level.

He will showcase that talent today, in hopes that somebody will take a chance on him.


WR Jarius Wright, Arkansas (West)

Jarius Wright has the speed of DeSean Jackson without the fear to go over the middle of the field.

Wright is going to make an NFL roster due to his big-play threat ability alone. This game will put him on a stage to grab some national recognition.

Wright has all the makings to be a starting wide receiver in the NFL.

What he lacks in size, he makes up for in toughness.


DB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina (East)

People have been talking about the Coastal Carolina cornerback all week.

At 6'0" and 210 pounds he has the physical tool set to play on Sundays.

Coming out of a school like Coastal Carolina, the road will not be easy. Norman will need to showcase his talents today if he wants to make his name known heading into the offseason.

There will still be plenty of time for him to become a better known prospect, but a solid performance in this game is the first step.