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Richmond’s Parker Named Shrine Game Defensive MVP

Jan 24, 2011, 7:12 PM EST

Richmond’s Martin Parker was named the Defensive Player of the Game as the East rolled past the West, 25-8, at the East-West Shrine Game Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Richmond’s Martin Parker

With a pair of sacks and a forced fumble, Parker led the way defensively for the East in the annual showcase for college seniors. The West managed just 14 yards rushing and had just eight first downs.  Parker’s Spider teammate, Justin Rogers, also started for the East squad at cornerback.  Both Richmond athletes were joined by fellow CAA Football standout Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin on the East roster.  Devlin finished the game 2-for-7 passing for 22 yards.

There was buzz around all three athletes last week in Orlando, as some NFL draft experts called the Spiders’ defensive tandem among the most “NFL ready” of the small-school players at the Shrine Game.

“My goal coming down here was just to play a solid game and just show the scouts, [and] show the people what I could do,” Parker said. “It never crossed my mind that I would go out there and be defensive player of the game. I’m really thankful and grateful for it.”

Parker was a consensus First Team All-American for the Spiders after finishing his senior season with 96 tackles and 5.5 sacks.  Rogers, following the 2010 season, became only the second player in league history to earn First Team All-Conference honors each year of his career.  Devlin was the league’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors from two major publications at the FCS level this season.

Important Links:
Associated Press Game Recap (ESPN.com)
Game Statistics (ESPN.com)
Richmond Spiders’ release
CAASports.com release