East-West Shrine Game 2013: Roster Breakdown, Top Invites and Watch List

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 15, 2013

East-West Shrine Game 2013: Roster Breakdown, Top Invites and Watch List

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    The 2013 East-West Shrine Game is bearing down upon us fast as some of college football's top stars get set to clash in full view of NFL scouts.

    Whether you are a fan of offense or defense, the closest thing to college football's all-star game figures to showcase a variety of dazzling athletes on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    So sit back, grab this little guide and have fun watching the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game. You may just find yourself watching several future NFL stars (given there are 246 former Shrine Game players on current NFL rosters).

    Read on for the rosters of the East and West squads, as well as top stars and under-the-radar players to watch.

    Note: Rosters via ShrineGame.com

East: Offense

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    Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Emory Blake, WR, Auburn
    Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech
    Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
    Jordan Devey, OL, Memphis
    R.J. Dill, OL, Rutgers
    Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
    Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh
    Montel Harris, RB, Temple
    Garth Heikkinen, OL, Minnesota-Duluth
    Erik Highsmith, WR, North Carolina
    Mark Jackson, OL, Glenville State
    D.C. Jefferson, TE, Rutgers
    T.J. Johnson, OL, South Carolina
    Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
    Eric Kush, OL, California (Pa.)
    Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College
    Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico
    Matt Sewell, OL, McMaster (Ontario, Canada)
    Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
    Nick Speller, OL, Massachusetts
    Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
    Matt Stankiewitch, OL, Penn State
    Nathan Stanley, QB, Southeastern La.
    Trent Steelman, WR, Army
    Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
    Brandon Turner, WR, Navy
    Early Watford, OL, James Madison

West: Offense

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    Anthony Amos, WR, Middle Tennessee State
    Jeff Baca, OL, UCLA
    Sam Brenner, OL, Utah
    Braden Brown, OL, Brigham Young
    Zach Brown, K, Portland State
    Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona
    Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
    Alex Carder, QB, Western Michiga
    Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
    Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa
    Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech
    Kirby Fabien, OL, Calgary
    Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
    James Ferentz, OL, Iowa
    Manase Foketi, OL, West Texas A&M
    Blaize Foltz, OL, TCU
    Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky
    Tanner Hawkinson, OL, Kansas
    Josh Hill, TE, Idaho State
    Zach Line, RB, SMU
    Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
    Dann O'Neill, OL, Western Michigan
    Andrew Robiskie, OL, Western Illinois
    Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
    Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
    Ryan Turnley, OL, Pittsburgh
    Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

East: Defense

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    Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
    David Bass, DL, Missouri Western State
    Brendan Bishop, S, North Carolina State
    Dylan Breeding, P, Arkansas
    Xavier Brewer, CB, Clemson
    Mike Catapano, DL, Princeton
    Izaan Cross, DL, Georgia Tech
    Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire
    Josh Evans, S, Florida
    A.J. Francis, DL, Maryland
    Rashard Hall, S, Clemson
    Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
    Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue
    Robert McCabe, LB, Georgetown
    Anthony McCloud, DL, Florida State
    Brandon McGee, CB, Miami (Fla.)
    Nick Moody, LB, Florida State
    Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut
    Kejuan Riley, S, Alabama State
    Branden Smith, CB, Georgia
    Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech
    Devin Taylor, DL, South Carolina
    Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
    Scott Vallone, DL, Rutgers
    Joe Vellano, DL, Maryland
    Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
    Melvin White, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
    Trey Wilson, CB, Vanderbilt
    Earl Wolff, S, North Carolina State

West: Defense

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    Jahleel Addae, S, Central Michigan
    Josh Boyd, DL, Mississippi State
    William Campbell, DL, Michigan
    Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech
    Steve Greer, LB, Virginia
    Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
    Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA
    DeVonte Holloman, LB, South Carolina
    Wes Horton, DL, USC
    Josh Hubner, P, Arizona State
    Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma
    Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
    Keelan Johnson, S, Arizona State
    Travis Johnson, DL, San Jose State
    A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
    Rob Lohr, DL, Vanderbilt
    Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State
    Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas
    Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame
    Will Pericak, DL, Colorado
    Keith Pough, LB, Howard
    Sheldon Price, CB, UCLA
    Albert Rosette, LB, Nevada
    Caleb Schreibeis, DL, Montana State
    Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
    Brandon Thurmond, DL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Nathan Williams, LB, Ohio State
    Duke Williams, S, Nevada
    Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada

East: Collin Klein, Quarterback, Kansas State

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    A Heisman finalist in 2012-13, Kansas State senior Collin Klein will be looking at the East-West Shrine Game as an event to showcase his skills to NFL scouts before the draft in April.

    Klein not only averaged 8.7 yards per pass attempt this past season (10th in the FBS, via CFBStats.com), he also added 920 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground.

    Given Klein's running ability, he is sure to make an NFL roster where he can easily be plopped into a Wildcat package, but he's going to have to answer questions about his throwing motion if he expects to be a starting quarterback in the pros.

West: Matt Scott, Quarterback, Arizona

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    Matt Scott is a raw player at this point (he started only 17 collegiate games), but his dual-threat ability, combined with his quick release, accuracy and throwing velocity, could see him have a lengthy NFL career.

    There are issues with Scott's height and build (6'2", 198 lbs.), especially considering his 3/4 release, but there is also a lot to like about the California native.

East: Gerald Hodges, Outside Linebacker, Penn State

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    Gerald Hodges has a nice blend of size and top-end speed. That—combined with his impressive instincts and incredible motor—could make him an impact player at the next level in the right schemes.

    Hodges has shown some troubles wrapping up the ball carrier at times, but he's incredibly smart and his knowledge of the game and passion could make him a nice steal come draft day.

    Hodges posted 109 tackles (8.5 tackles for loss), 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 7 pass deflections in 2012-13 for Penn State.

West: Duke Williams, Safety, Nevada

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    Duke Williams hasn't gotten much recognition playing for Nevada, but he posted 105 tackles (5.5 tackles for loss), 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles and 9 pass deflections in 2012 for the Wolf Pack.

    And don't tell me that was just because of Nevada's level of competition. Williams has great size (6'1", 200 lbs.), hits hard, shows strong awareness and is a playmaker. 

    Given the NFL has shifted into a pass-happy league, plenty of teams would like to get their hands on the 22-year-old out of Reno.

East (Under the Radar): Zac Stacy, Runningback, Vanderbilt

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    Despite racking up over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns in the SEC for Vanderbilt, senior running back Zac Stacy hasn't received a whole lot of recognition.

    Not only does the 5'9", 210-lb. back have impressive top-end speed, burst, lateral agility, physicality and elusiveness, he can catch passes out of the backfield.

    He has also appeared to put his injury concerns aside with two consecutive dominant seasons at Vanderbilt.

West (Under the Radar): Christine Michael, Runningback, Texas A&M

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    We've seen numerous players throughout NFL history get picked in the later rounds due to injury concerns, only to see them explode at the next level.

    Christine Michael was on his way to a 1,000-yard season in 2011-12 before sustaining a torn ACL. He never got quite the same opportunity to excel in his senior season behind dual-threat quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

    But make no mistake about it, plenty of NFL teams are looking at this guy based on his upside. He has eye-popping power and balance at 5'11", 210 lbs. He's also a competitive player with good vision and the burst to get to the second level quickly.

     

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