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Local players hope to shine this Saturday during annual East-West Shrine Game

Published: Friday, Jan. 17 2014 12:25 p.m. MST

BYU defensive back Daniel Sorensen.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Three players from local colleges are taking part in this weekend's East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held at 2 p.m. MST and will be televised on the NFL network.

The East-West Shrine Game is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.

Daniel Sorensen (BYU) was a three-year starter at safety for the Cougars and was noted for his work as a gunner on special teams coverage units. Sorensen is a 6-foot-2, 208-pound safety prospect and will play for the West team this Saturday.

Kaneakua Friel (BYU) started at tight end for the Cougars his junior season before playing a backup role as a senior. The 6-foot-5, 261-pound athlete had 48 receptions for 491 yards and seven touchdowns over his career and will play for the West team.

Nevin Lawson (Utah State) was a three-year starter for the Aggies and had six interceptions and 36 pass breakups in his four seasons in Logan. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound athlete will play for the East team.

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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