Chris Elkins Second Penguin Invited to East-West Shrine Game

Chris Elkins
Chris Elkins

Former Youngstown State center Chris Elkins will join fellow Penguin offensive lineman Kyle Bryant as participants in the East-West Shrine Game, the contest announced. It is the first time in school history that YSU will have two players in the same Shrine Game.

The 89th East-West Shrine Game will be held on Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Elkins had a standout senior campaign for the Penguins and was named second-team All-America by The Associated Press and third-team by The Sports Network. He was a two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree.

Prior to Bryant's selection earlier this month the only Penguin to participate in the contest was DT Harry Deligianis in 1998.

Recently, YSU has been well repesented in postseason all-star games the past two years. OG Lamar Mady played in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game, TB Jamaine Cook also played in the Texas vs. The Nation game and TE Will Shaw played in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game.

All three signed contracts with NFL teams prior to the 2013 season.

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. While teams are divided by the East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with NFL teams in 2013.