It was announced on Monday that two seniors from Penn State’s 2013 team will take part in the annual East-West Shrine Game. Guard John Urschel and linebacker Glenn Carson will both show off their skills during college football’s longest-running all-star game. The game, which will take place on January 18 at 4:00 pm EST in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a chance for NFL scouts to take a look at the best seniors leaving the college ranks.
The NFL Network will air the game to a national audience. The all-star game has a reputation of helping its participants land on NFL rosters.
Urschel has been a staple on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions and should be considered among the top in the nation. He was named to the All-Big Ten team in each of the last two seasons. Aside from being a great player on the field, he’s also shown the ability to be an outstanding student in the classroom. Urschel is a straight-A student who is also an Academic All-American.
Carson was the backbone of the Penn State linebackers this season. He was the only senior of the group and the only starter that returned from 2012. This year, he led the Nittany Lions with 90 total tackles. Carson was a three-year starter at Penn State and should be considered a decent NFL prospect.
Urschel and Carson were both members of a senior class that had to overcome turmoil and public scrutiny during their time with the Nittany Lions. Despite the difficult situation at Penn State, both players chose to stay loyal to the program instead of heading elsewhere.
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