Utah State's Tyler Larsen Will Play In 2014 East-West Shrine Football Game
Dec. 6, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Tyler Larsen has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Football Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 18, 2014.
The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday Jan. 18, 2014 and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and aired internationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.
Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound senior offensive center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS), is the second Aggie in as many years to play in the East-West Shrine Game as Kerwynn Williams participated in the annual event a year ago. Since 1937, Larsen will be the 29th USU player to compete in the all-star game.
Larsen, who has earned first-team all-conference honors as both a sophomore and junior, has graded out above 86 percent in every game this season and above 90 percent five times, while recording 46 knockdowns. Overall, Larsen has played in 50 straight games at Utah State.
This season, Larsen has anchored an offensive line that has helped Utah State rank fourth in the Mountain West and tied for 37th in the nation with an average of 33.9 points per game despite losing five players to season-ending injuries, including staring quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton. USU's offense also ranks fourth in the MW and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency (141.7), fifth in the MW and 33rd in the nation in completion percentage (.633), sixth in the MW and 41st in the nation in rushing offense (189.5 ypg), sixth in the MW and 49th in the nation in total offense (430.7 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 55th in the nation in passing offense (241.2 ypg).
Since 1925 the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It's been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.
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