Friday, January 19, 2007
The 82nd Annual Shrine Game will be played tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 (HST) on ESPN and will feature Samoans Tala Esera and Paul Soliai on the West team which is coached by former NFL coach Dan Reeves. University of Hawai'i defensive lineman Ikaika Alama-Francis was slated to play in the game before injuring his pectoral muscle in Sunday's Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Tala Esera helped lead the University of Hawai'i to a 11-3 record and a victory in the Hawai'i while protecting 2007 Heisman Candidate Quarterback Colt Brennan's blindside. Esera was also selected first team All WAC tackle this past season. Paul Soliai is a graduate of Nu'u'uli Voc Tech in American Samoa and came to the University of Utah via Coffeyville CC (Kansas) where he transferred from along with teammate Fano Tagovailoa. Soliai a defensive lineman was selected team All-Mountain West Conference in 2006.