East-West Shrine Game 2012: Playmakers Who Will Steal the Show

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06:  Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks celebrates a touchdown pass reception against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After the college football season ends, graduating players are trying to figure out exactly what the next step will be in their lives.

Many will go on to become businessmen or journalists. Others attempt to make the push to play at the next level.

The 2012 East West Shrine Game will boast many players who are currently scrambling to get some recognition and a chance to play professional football.

These aren't players that were considered by many to be the best in the country.

Most are currently looking at being picks on the third day of the 2012 NFL Draft, if they will be drafted at all.

Who will step up and make a name for themselves today?

Here are three playmakers who will steal the show.

QB Dan Persa, Northwestern (West)

Dan Persa is one of the more talented quarterbacks who will be looking to make it on the next level.

Unfortunately, he has suffered injuries throughout his career that really damage his stock. In fact, it's unclear if he will even be drafted.

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

Those numbers were put up in two seasons riddled with injuries. Look for Persa to have a solid showing today.

RB Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky (West)

It's difficult to gain much recognition playing at a school like Western Kentucky.

Bobby Rainey is one of the more successful college football running backs. However, he isn't known by many people across the country.

Today he will get the opportunity to make plays in the national spotlight.

Rainey is coming off back to back seasons with over 1,600 rushing yards. He has 34 career rushing touchdowns.

WR Jarius Wright, Arkansas (West)

Imagine a player with the speed of DeSean Jackson without the fear of going over the middle of the field.

That's what Jarius Wright can bring to a team.

Wright emerged this year as one of the biggest threats on the Arkansas offense, catching 66 passes for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Like Jackson, many question his ability to play at the next level because of his size.

He can put those thoughts to rest by stealing the show today.