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Three CAA Football Athletes to Represent League in East-West Shrine Game

Jan 21, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

The first of three College Football All-Star games will kickoff Saturday, Jan. 22, when three CAA Football standouts take part in the 86th Annual East-West Shrine Game.  The 2011 East-West Shrine Game is slated to kickoff at 4 p.m. (ET) and will be shown live from the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on The NFL Network.

Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin, along with Richmond defensive tackle Martin Parker and cornerback Justin Rogers have been taking part in pregame practices with the East squad since early this week.

Devlin is one of three quarterbacks on the East Roster, and is joined by Navy’s Ricky Dobbs and Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor.  Four cornerbacks dot the East Roster including Rogers, Miami’s Demarcus Van Dyke, Buffalo’s Josh Thomas and Georgia Tech’s Mario Butler.  Parker is joined at the defensive tackle spot by North Carolina’s Marvin Austin, South Florida’s Terrell McClain and Penn State’s Olong Ogbu.

The East squad is under the direction of former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves, who played an active role in bringing football to the campus at Georgia State University — which will join CAA Football in 2012.

Delaware’s Pat Devlin (credit: Mark Campbell)

Devlin, one of the nation’s highest-rated quarterbacks, was outstanding as a senior in 2010 as he completed 261-of-384 passes for 3,032 yards and 22 touchdowns with just three interceptions.  He led the nation in pass completion percentage with a mark of .680 and ranked No. 5 in passing rating with a total of 151.64.  The Downingtown, Pa., native threw for over 200 yards nine times and threw four touchdowns passes in a game twice.  In just two seasons at Delaware, after transferring from Penn State, he threw for 5,696 yards and 38 touchdowns and won 18 games.  Devlin’s honors in 2010 included First Team Phil Steele College Football All-America, Third Team Associated Press All-America and being named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year.

Richmond’s Martin Parker

Parker finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games.  The senior was one of two CAA Football consensus First Team All-Americans following the 2010 season, after logging a spot on the CAA Football First Team.  He posted five double-digit tackle games, including 13 against Delaware and 12 in a win over Towson. The New Haven, Conn. native, who was a Second Team All-CAA Football pick in 2009, also blocked a PAT attempt in the game against the Blue Hens.

Richmond’s Justin Rogers

Rogers, a First Team All-CAA Football pick at both cornerback and punt returner, led the league in punt return average (12.4 yards), while collecting 48 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.  A versatile threat, Rogers became the CAA Football career leader in kickoff return yards during the 2010 season and also saw action on offense as he rushed five times, caught three passes and was two-for-two passing.  The Baton Rouge, La. native was Third Team All-America selection by both the AP and the Sports Network.

As of Jan. 21, a total of five CAA Football student-athletes have been confirmed as part of three College Football All-Star games.  Along with Devlin, Parker and Rogers, Villanova’s Ben Ijalana and Delaware’s Anthony Walters will play in the postseason showcase games.  Ijalana will take part in the Under Armour Senior Bowl, Jan. 29, while Walters will play in the NFL Players Association Game (formerly Texas vs. The Nation), Feb. 5.

Important Links:
The East-West Shrine Game
CBSSports.com’s analysis of Shrine Game Practice — Jan. 18 (Chad Reuter)
CBSSports.com’s analysis of Shrine Game Practice — Jan. 19 (Chad Reuter)