East-West Shrine Game 2012: West Beats East, 24-17

The West beat the East 24-17 as a pair of small school running backs stole the spotlight from some BCS schools' alumni.

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Bobby Rainey, Lennon Creer Lead West To 24-17 Victory In Shrine Game

Two running backs, Bobby Rainey of Western Kentucky and Lennon Creer of Louisiana Tech led a terrific ground attack, with the help of a dominant offensive line performance, for the West team in a 24-17 victory in the annual late-round draft talent showcase that is the East-West Shrine Game.

Rainey and Creer are undersized, but they were both shifty and fast and attacked every hole they were presented with by a ferocious offensive line, led by Brandon Brooks of Miami (Ohio) at guard, who may have improved his draft stock more than anyone else in the game. Other standouts for the West were CB Shaun Prater from Iowa and USC's DT DaJohn Harris, who were both impressive in holding the East to 17 points.

For the other side of the ball, quarterback B.J. Coleman from Tennessee-Chattanooga was poised and accurate in the pocket in the first half, when the East built a bit of a lead. WR LaRon Byrd, from Miami (Fla.) also showcase an impressive combination of size and strength while catching a touchdown pass. Perhaps the best player on the East team, however, was Wake Forest's Kyle Wilber, who was a disruptive force in the backfield all game long.

There were no first round talents on display in this game, in all likelihood, but several players likely improved their draft stock over the course of the week with practices coached by former NFL head coaches, such as Brad Childress and Bobby Ross.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Quarterbacks Shining Brightest In First Half

In the second quarter of the 2012 East-West Shine Game, the rule against defensive backs playing press coverage is helping quarterbacks pick apart the defenses for extended drives that have ended, more often than not, with points on the board.

The West team scored two touchdowns, courtesy of a drive each by Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish and Colorado's Tyler Hansen. Harnish, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 this season, and Hansen led long drives and capped them off with rushing touchdowns. Both displayed a combination of accuracy and mobility, but didn't display much ability to throw deep.

On the East side of the ball, Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis led a touchdown drive of his own to retake the lead for the East and send the game to its halftime margin, 17-14, with a quick scoring strike to Miami's LaRon Byrd. Davis showed impressive accuracy with plenty of zip on the ball, but has a Tebow-esque motion that will need to be shortened before he makes an NFL roster.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012 Score Update: B.J. Coleman Impressive For East Squad Who Leads 10-0 After First Quarter

After one quarter at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, the East squad leads the West in the 2012 edition of the Shrine game. The East team marched down the field on a five-play touchdown drive that lasted less than three minutes.

B.J. Coleman has been perfect for the East so far, as the Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback has hit six of six attempts for 136 yards. The big play of the touchdown drive was a pretty Coleman pass down the middle of the field to Chase Ford from Miami. He lofted it right down the middle and Ford broke a tackle to rumble for 64 yards. Ford had a quiet season for the Hurricanes but his catch has been the highlight of the first quarter so far.

Just two plays later, Coleman hit B.J. Cunningham from Michigan State for a 17-yard touchdown. Cunningham is a big strong back, and he took the short pass in the flat, turned the corner and broke right through a tackle to take it down the sideline for the score.

For the West team, the once highly-touted Marc Tyler of Southern Cal has been impressive out of the backfield. He has four carries and is averaging better than seven yards per rush through the first quarter.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

With just four teams remaining in contention for the Lombardi Trophy, preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft revs up with the annual East-West Shrine Game, which has moved from Orlando to St. Petersburg, Florida this year.

NFL Draft hopefuls from across the country will be on hand for the longest-running all-star college game, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress coaches the West Team, which features Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Tyler Hansen and a talented group of wide receivers headlined by Junior Heminghway of the Michigan Wolverines and Jarius Wright of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Longtime college and NFL coach Bobby Ross leads an East roster that consists of Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley and Michigan St. Spartans wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.

Full rosters can be found right here.

Date & Time: 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 21, 2012

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

TV: NFL Network

Announcers: Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Rebecca Haarlow

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Players Comment On Training Under Head Coaches Brad Childress, Bobby Ross

The 2012 East-West Shrine game takes place on Saturday, January 21. In this year's edition of the annual All-Star game, head coaches Brad Childress and Bobby Ross will each take command of a group of standout senior athletes from around the country in a game that will be heavily attended by NFL scouts and evaluators.

Childress, who is currently in the running for a couple of different NFL head coaching positions, will be the head coach of the West team, while Evans will coach the East.

The Associated Press via the Washington Post reported on the players reacting to the experience of training under an NFL coaching staff. Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois had this to say:

It's a cram session. There are whole new concepts we have to learn and a whole new set of terminology. We're getting together with new guys and trying to get down our timing. We've got to learn to step around and deal with an NFL-style pass rush. This is huge for us.

Dan Persa, a quarterback from Northwestern, offered the following comment:

For me, it's an opportunity to work in a pro-style offense after working so much in a spread. I'm looking forward to improving.

This is a crazy week. It's about seeing something, walking through something, then having to execute it pretty quickly. You've just got to go play. You can't be looking around, worrying about what they think about you. Most of what you've done is on film. This is a chance to refine the process and let them get to know you a little more.

The coaches are interested in setting these college players up for success, not only by providing the NFL evaluators in attendance with what they need to see, but also giving the players opportunities to adapt and excel. Here is what Ross had to say:

Some of these guys have worked in offenses that don't necessarily translate to what they'll be doing in the NFL. ... I'm a coach who believes in the players making the system, not the system making the player. The talent is going to shine through.

Nobody's paying attention right now to any one particular person. For the guys who were the big guys on their team, this is a little bit of a different deal. It's a little more like what they'll be seeing when they get in a camp. The talent level goes up. ... Our job is to put in a base operation, then let them perform. Let these scouts evaluate them. They don't want a spread offense. They want a pro offense.

Childress agreed with his fellow head coach:

This also is a great place to see who can take in a lot of new information and transfer it quickly to the field. That's one quality everyone is watching. We're limited by formation, but we're not limited by volume. So you throw it all at them and see what sticks.

For more information on the annual East-West Shrine Game, you can visit the official website.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012 Rosters: All-Stars From Across The Country Meet In Florida

The 2012 edition of the annual East-West Shrine Game will take place on Saturday, January 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The All-Star game gathers standout seniors from colleges across the country and places them under the tutelage of one of two NFL head coaches and complete NFL coaching staffs. It is an excellent opportunity for these athletes to perform in front of coaches and evaluators and turn some heads before the 2012 NFL Draft.

Many of these players are from smaller schools that may have gone overlooked during the regular season and the high-profile postseason bowl games. Below are the full rosters for both teams, courtesy of the official Shrine Game website. These rosters are likely filled with college names with which you may not be intimately familiar.

For the East:

DC Justin Bethel - Presbyterian
DC Emanuel Davis - East Carolina
DC Gary Gray - Notre Dame
DC R.J. Blanton - Notre Dame
DC Charles Brown - North Carolina
DC Micah Pellerin - Hampton University
DC Josh Norman - Coastal Carolina
DL Matt Conrath - Virginia
DL Julian Miller - West Virginia
DL Jabaree Tuani - Navy
DL Kyle Wilber - Wake Forest
DL Akiem Hicks - Regina
DL Nick Jean-Baptiste - Baylor
DL Micanor Regis - Miami
DL Travian Robertson - South Carolina
FB/TE Bruce Figgins - University of Georgia
LB Brandon Lindsey - Pittsburgh
LB Najee Goode - West Virginia
LB Shawn Loiseau - Merrimack College
LB Steven Erzinger - Army
LB Max Gruder - Pittsburgh
LB Joshua Linam - Central Florida
LB Nick Sukay - Penn State
OC Quentin Saulsberry - Missisippi State
OC Tyler Horn - Miami
OG Derek Dennis - Temple
OG Jeremiah Warren - South Florida
OG Desmond Wynn - Rutgers
OG Rishaw Johnson - California (Pennsylvania)
OT Jeff Adams - Columbia
OT Lamar Holmes - Southern Mississippi
OT Joe Long - Wayne State
OT Bradley Sowell - Mississippi
PK Blair Walsh - Georgia
PT Shawn Powell - Florida State
QB BJ Coleman - Tennessee - Chattanooga
QB Austin Davis - Southern Mississippi
QB John Brantley - Florida
RB Alfred Morris - Florida Atlantic
RB Tauren Poole - Tennessee
RB Davin Meggett - Maryland
SAF Matt Daniels - Duke
SAF Jerrell Young - South Florida
SAF Christian Thompson - South Carolina State
SAF Tysyn Hartman - Kansas State
TE Chase Ford - Miami
TE Emil Igwenagu - Massachusetts
TE Evan Rodriguez - Temple
WO Tim Benford - Tennessee Tech.
WO LaRon Byrd - Miami
WO B.J. Cunningham - Michigan State
WO Kevin Hardy - Citadel
WO Lance Lewis - East Carolina
WO Thomas Mayo - California - Pennsylvania
WO A.J. Jenkins - University of Illinois

And the roster for the West:

DC Chris Greenwood - Albion
DC Brandon Hardin - Oregon State
DC Rodney McLeod - Virginia
DC Shaun Prater - Iowa
DC Keith Tandy - West Virginia
DC Trevin Wade - Arizona
DL Tyrone Crawford - Boise State
DL Kentrell Lockett - Mississippi
DL Arnaud Nadon - Laval
DL Justin Francis - Rutgers
DL Dominique Hamilton - Missouri - Columbia
DL Vaughn Meatoga - Hawaii
DL Kaniela Tuipulotu - Hawaii
DL Dajohn Harris - Southern California
LB Jerry Franklin - Arkansas
LB Tank Carder - Texas Christian
LB Steven Johnson - Kansas
LB Brandon Marshall - Nevada
LB Josh Kaddu - Oregon
LB Ronnie Thomton - University of Southern Mississippi
OC David Snow - Texas
OC Moe Petrus - Connecticut
OG Brandon Brooks - Miami - Ohio
OG Markus Zusevics - Iowa
OG Ben Heenan - Saskatchewan
OG Josh LeRibeus - Southern Methodist
OT Tom Compton - South Dakota
OT Ryan Miller - Colorado
OT Al Netter - Northwestern
OT Matt Reynolds - Brigham Young
OT Marcel Jones - Nebraska
PK Greg Zuerlein - Missouri Western State
Punter Matt Prewitt - Kentucky Christian
Punter Bryan Anger - California
QB Tyler Hansen - Colorado
QB Chandler Harnish - Northern Illinois
QB Dan Persa - Northwestern
RB Lennon Creer - Louisana Tech
RB Marc Tyler - Southern California
RB Bobby Rainey - Western Kentucky University
SAF Aaron Henry - Wisconsin
SAF Austin Cassidy - Nebraska
SAF Blake Gideon - Texas
SAF Duke Ihenaho - San Jose State
TE Kevin Koger - Michigan
TE Cory Harkey - UCLA
TE George Bryan - North Carolina State
TE David Paulson - Oregon
WO Greg Childs - Arkansas - Fayetteville
WO Junior Hemingway - Michigan
WO Dale Moss - South Dakota State
WO Tyler Shoemaker - Boise State
WO Jarius Wright - Arkansas
WO Devon Wylie - Fresno State
WO Darius Hanks - Univeristy of Alabama

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Game Preview

The 87th annual East-West Shrine game is on tap this weekend at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, as the nation's longest running all-star game traditionally showcases NFL stars of the future, while providing a huge benefit to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

There have certainly been some legendary coaches patrolling the sidelines at this event, with big names such as Don Shula, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Steve Spurrier running things over the years.

This year's squads will feature Bobby Ross leading the East team and Brad Childress running things for the West.

The all-time series has the West holding a 45-36-5 advantage, although the East has won each of the last three contests.

The offense for the East will be led by a trio of interesting quarterbacks. Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman is the FCS's contribution under center. He will be joined by more household commodities in Florida's John Brantley and Southern Miss' Austin Davis. Of the three, Davis certainly had the most productive season. The talented gunslinger threw for almost 3,500 yards in 2011, with 30 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. He also added 352 yards rushing and four more scores. A great story, Davis was named the 2011 Bulsworth Trophy, given annually to the nation's most outstanding player that started his career as a walk-on.

The stable of quarterbacks for the West is a strong bunch, comprised of Northwestern's Dan Persa, Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish and Colorado's Tyler Hansen. Harnish had a huge season in 2011, as only Heisman winner Robert Griffin and Houston's Case Keenum had more total offensive yards this year. Harnish threw for 3,216 yards and 28 TDs, while rushing for 1,379 yards and 11 more scores, en route to being named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Coastal Carolina CB Josh Norman Turning Heads

The East-West Shrine Game is an excellent opportunity for under-the-radar NFL draft hopefuls to catch the eye of NFL talent evaluators. One such player who is taking advantage of his opportunity to impress scouts is Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman.

Former NFL wide receiver and scout Bucky Brooks, now an analyst for NFL.com, calls the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Norman the "star of the week", impressing with his ball skills and displaying the footwork and and technique to cover wide receivers. Cecil Lammey of the New York Times has also noticed Norman and caught up to him on Wednesday to ask about his ability to break on the football.

"Part of it is knowing the down and distance, counting steps, but mostly I just read the quarterback’s eyes. I’ll watch his eyes from the snap of the ball and I can usually tell when a throw is coming by the look on his face. When I see the look, I just jump the route and go to the football."

During his four-year career at Coastal Carolina, Norman totaled 196 tackles, including seven for a loss with 13 interceptions and 35 passes defensed.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Game History

The 2012 East West Shrine game will be taking place in St. Petersburg, Florida this year at Tropicana Field, making a break from it's two year stint in Orlando, Florida. The game has been played every January following the college football season since 1925 when the first game was held in San Francisco, CA and is the oldest standing NCAA all-star game. The game was held in California for the first 80 years before finally moving to Texas and then Florida.

The game was founded by Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, with the vast majority of the games proceeds going to the Shriner's Children's Hospital. The game is often praised for the charity work it does during the week, with the players doing lots of work at children's hospitals.

The game matches up teams comprised of college football players who have completed their senior year of school, dividing them up by East and West based on either where the player hails from or where the player played their college football. It's also the only post-season game in which Canadian football players can participate.

In last year's game, the East team was able to dominate the West team 25-8 in the Citrus Bowl.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Miami's Micanor Regis Tries To Change Perception

When he steps on the field for the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, January 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Micanor Regis will be playing to impress NFL scouts, as well as show them that he's more than the ugly incident they probably know him for.

Back in October, Regis was suspended for one game after he punched a North Carolina player in the groin. The incident was caught on video and spread like wildfire on the Internet, branding Regis with the dreaded thug label.

It's a label that is front and center for Regis now.

"It's the first thing that comes up," the Pahokee native said Wednesday after practicing with the East team in preparation for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. "I didn't have an interception or a touchdown or anything (this season), so that's the only thing that comes up. It's on the third and fourth page too."

Regis can do a lot to shake loose the label by performing well in the Shrine game and NFL Combine. At the end of the day, there are players with reputations at lot worse than him currently in the NFL.

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East-West Shrine Game 2012: Overlooked Players Getting Attention At Practices

The East-West Shrine Game is set to kick off on Saturday, January 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida.Top college football players from around the country are getting an opportunity to impress NFL representatives and fans alike in the annual All-Star game.

Wes Bunting of National Football Post had the opportunity to take a look at some of the East players during practice on Tuesday and came away impressed by some of the athletes who spent the regular season mostly being overlooked. Here is what he has to say about Southern Carolina State defensive back Christian Thompson:

He possesses a long, lean frame, can cleanly turn out of his transition and has solid speed when trying to run with speedy receivers from the slot. Now, he does get a bit leggy at times and doesn't have a great feel recognizing routes in man. And despite putting himself in position to make a number of plays today, he didn't due to his struggles initially locating the football. However, he's a good athlete who can run, change directions and overall is the one safety on the East roster who has made a solid impression on me.

Here is Bunting's take on University of Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks:

[Hicks] looks the part of a standout defensive lineman at nearly 6-5, 325 pounds. He was very impressive during one-on-one drills today, showcasing impressive initial burst off the snap for his size, power on his bull rush and the length to routinely gain leverage. He also exhibits "plus" short area quickness for a guy his size. He does get upright at times and will stall out when an opposing lineman is able to get under his frame. However, he has the skill set to not only make an NFL roster, but also mature into a solid contributor with some experience in either a 34 or 43 front.

On the offensive side of the ball, Bunting had some good things to say about Miami tight end Chase Ford:

Ford had a monster practice making plays on the football. He isn't a real explosive athlete and lacks much burst off the line. However, he builds speed down the field, showcases good ball skills and coordination, and did a nice job playing with a defender on his hip. Now, he's not to be confused in any way with former Miami standout Jimmy Graham. However at 6-6, 258 pounds you could do a lot worse with a developmental tight end prospect in the back end of the draft.

Lots of players from smaller markets are going to be getting a long look at the practices leading up to Saturday's game. They are likely to be making most of this opportunity.

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