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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hoomanawanui and Asamoah Accept Bids to East-West Shrine Game

Senior tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and offensive lineman Jon Asamoah have accepted invitations to play in the 85th Annual East-West Shrine All-Star game, set for Jan. 23, 2010 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.

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. Since 1925, the East-West Game has been played to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families, through the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.

In April 2009, 90 percent of players from the 84th East-West Shrine Game (played on Jan. 17, 2009) were either drafted or signed as free agents by NFL clubs. A total of 307 East-West Shrine Game alumni were on 2009 NFL opening-day rosters.

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