NORMAL — Illinois State senior defensive tackle and three-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection Dalton Keene has accepted an invitation to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game. He will join teammate Davontae Harris in at the annual game on Jan. 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Keene is the fourth Illinois State player selected to play in the prestigious game, joining Chad Pegues (1998), Boomer Grigsby (2004) and Harris.
“It’s an unbelievable honor to be selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game,” Keene stated. “I am beyond excited to play with Davontae again, along with many other great athletes. I’m very blessed to have been given this opportunity and I am excited to put the pads on at least one more time representing Illinois State.”
Keene, who was third in the MVFC Defensive Player of the Year voting, led all defensive linemen and ranked second in the MVFC overall with eight sacks. He tied for third in the MVFC with 13 tackles for loss and finished with 45 tackles, six pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries.
Keene ended his ISU career No. 9 in sacks (17.5), No. 11 in tackles for loss (33.0) and with an even 200 total tackles.
The East-West Shrine Game benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game will be broadcast live on the NFL Network and the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.