The college football season isn’t over yet for several members, now former members, of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Guard John Urschel, safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong and linebacker Glenn Carson are all set to play in the 89th Annual East-West Shrine game on Saturday. This will be the last chance for fans to see these players before trying to make an NFL roster.
Urschel and Carson will team up on the East team, while Obeng-Agyapong will oppose them by suiting up on the West team.
Obeng-Agyapong was a valuable piece of the Penn State defense, especially this past season when he lined up at different positions when needed. Though listed as a safety, he started four games at linebacker in 2013. Over his career with the Nittany Lions he made 16 starts and recorded 95 total tackles. He also added two forced fumbles, had two fumble recoveries and notched 2.5 sacks.
Urschel was a rock on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions, starting 24 games over the past two seasons. This year, he earned his second-straight All-Big Ten selection. He was also a two-time first-team Academic All-American and became the first Penn State player to earn the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, referred to as the academic Heisman Trophy. Urschel was a key component to the Penn State running game this year from his guard position.
Like Urschel, Carson also started every game over the past two years. He returned in 2013 as the only starting linebacker from the previous season took a leadership role among the other linebackers. He led the team in tackles this year, racking up 90. That effort made him an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. He finished his Penn State career with 261 total tackles, placing him tenth all-time at the school.
The all-star game, meant as a chance to showcase one’s talent in front of NFL scouts, takes place in St. Petersburg, Fla. at 4:00 p.m. on January 18th. The game will be aired on NFL Network.
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