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

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 4:39 p.m. MDT

BYU defensive back Daniel Sorensen. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) 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.

Utah State defensive back Nevin Lawson. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah State defensive back Nevin Lawson. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

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.

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