Five Penn State players selected for the 93rd East-West Shrine game
Penn State cornerback Grant Haley celebrates his interception during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. The Nittany Lions beat Pitt, 33-14.Joe Hermitt | email@example.com
Five former Penn State players will represent the program at the East-West Shrine game on Jan. 20 in St. Petersberg, Fla.
Linebacker Jason Cabinda, defensive tackles Curtis Cothran and Parker Cothren, corner Grant Haley, and receiver DaeSean Hamilton were selected to play in the contest, which is one of three major NFL Combine prep all-star events along with the NFLPA game and the Senior Bowl.
The group will arrive on Sun., Jan. 14 for a week of practice and other pre-game events before game day, which is set for Saturday the 20th at 3 p.m. NFL Network will televise it live from Tropicana Field.
Haley has already been training in Florida, while the other four are surely working out somewhere ahead of the event. All will be hoping for an NFL Combine invite following it, and then plenty of private workouts and Penn State’s Pro Day will be the final obstacles on the path to the Draft, which is scheduled to be held in Dallas, Tex., April 26-28.
“I couldn’t imagine playing in a bigger stage than this,” Haley said after the Lions beat Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.
“We wanted to play in a national championship, but being able to play in one of these major bowls is always special, and we got to finish it on the terms we wanted to this year.”
The quintet joins a lengthy list of former Lions set to play in an all-star game, as safety Marcus Allen, tight end Mike Gesicki, and corner Christian Campbell will participate in the Senior Bowl (Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m. EST, NFLN) while safety Troy Apke is on the roster for the NFLPA game (Jan. 20, 4 p.m. EST, FS1).
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