Illinois State senior defensive back and All-American candidate Davontae Harris has accepted an invitation to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network and the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.
Harris is the third ISU player selected to play in the game, joining Chad Pegues (1998) and Boomer Grigsby (2004). A two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection, Harris led the Redbirds and tied for second in the MVFC with 14 passes defended (12 PBU, 2 INT). He ranked third on the team with 57 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, and was credited with three quarterback hurries.
More than 100 players from last year’s East-West Shrine Game signed with professional teams, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters.
"The most important element of the East-West Shrine Game has always been supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children," East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson said. "But during game week, it also affords our players an unmatched opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first taste of a potential career in the NFL."
The game benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system that treats children in orthopedics, spinal cord injuries, cleft lift and palate, and burns, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Crabtree named 2nd team All-American: IWU sophomore defender Ellie Crabtree nabbed second-team honors on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-American team. Crabtree helped the IWU women's soccer team to a 17-5 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.