Thursday, January 12, 2012

Temple's Rodriguez to play in East-West Shrine Game

PHILADELPHIA – Temple TE Evan Rodriguez (North Bergen, N.J.) has been selected to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game® on January 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.   The game will be televised on the NFL Network, kicking off at 4 p.m. ET from Tropicana Field.

Rodriguez joins Owl teammate OL Derek Dennis (Peekskill, N.Y.) on the East roster, coached by former Army coach Bobby Ross.

“Words cannot describe the feeling you get from bringing so much joy into these children’s lives,” said Ross, who also coached the game in 2008 and is proud to support Shriners Hospitals for Children for a second time. “I’m so proud to be back coaching the East-West Shrine Game and helping raise money for a special cause.“

A two-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Rodriguez played in all 13 games with 12 starts at tight end in 2011. Named to the Mackey Award Watch List, he led the Owls with 479 yards and two touchdowns on 35 receptions. In the win at Maryland, Rodriguez had a career-high 96 yards on five receptions en route to National TEof the Week honors from the National Football Performance Awards.
Rodriguez is the eighth Temple Owl to participate in the prestigious game since 1940. 

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