St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) January 20, 2014
In front of more than 19,500 fans at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the East all-star team beat the West 23-13 in a game that featured standout performances on both sides of the ball.
The William H Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player was awarded to Eastern Illinois Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who was 9-for-14 for 100 yards and one touchdown. Garoppolo entered the game in the second quarter and led the East all-stars on a 66-yard touchdown drive in just 51 seconds in the final minute of the half.
The E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player went to West Texas A&M defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks who led the game with 2 sacks. He also had a pair of solo tackles and an assist, including one tackle for loss. He also caused a fumble on one of his sacks, but it was recovered by the West all-stars.
About the Most Outstanding Player Award Namesakes:
E. Jack Spaulding was a captain in the U.S. Navy and was one of the organizers of the first East-West Shrine Game. William H. Coffman was the managing director of the East-West Shrine Game for 40 years.
About the East-West Shrine Game:
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Learn more at http://www.shrinegame.com.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children:
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.