Longhorns Take Part in East-West Shrine Game
Derek Lokey (Robs Sports Pics)
Derek Lokey (Robs Sports Pics)
Rob's Sports Pics
Posted Jan 21, 2008

The 83rd annual East-West Shrine game was played on Saturday evening at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus and the Longhorns were represented well at the contest with three participants on the defensive side of the ball for the West All-Stars.

Robert Seller's exclusive photos of Lokey, Okam and Derry at the East-West Shrine Game

Defensive lineman Derek Lokey, defensive lineman Frank Okam and linebacker Scott Derry suited up for the West squad, which was victorious over the East, 31-13, on a frigid night in Houston that saw temperatures drop into the mid-forties during the game. The West’s scoring was lead by Utah State’s Kevin Robinson who had a receiving touchdown as well as a 72-yard punt return for another score. Also leading the way for the West offensively was University of San Diego dual-threat quarterback Josh Johnson, who earned the nights Offensive MVP award rushing three times for 91 yards and completing 5-of-11 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown to Robinson.

All three of the Longhorn players saw considerable playing time in the game with Lokey and Derry getting the start for the West and Okam coming in to spell Lokey throughout the game.

Despite Lokey and Okam drawing double team blocking assignments most of the evening, both were able to successfully apply pressure to the East’s quarterbacks, as well as assist on several tackles.

Derry also had his name called on several tackles as well as applying pass coverage on a number of occasions.

Both teams were coached throughout the week by an all-star cast of coaches led by Dick Vermeil, the head coach for the East, and Mike White, the head coach for the West. The players were instructed both on the field as well as in the classroom; with all three Longhorns drawing praise from the West’s coaching staff. When asked how this week would benefit the players, Vermeil said that “players not only have an opportunity to get noticed this week by the scouts, but we also closely reproduce the atmosphere and tempo all wee that these athletes will see when approaching their first NFL mini-camps.”

The annual game, which is the longest running all-star game, benefits the group of 22 Shiners Children’s Hospitals located around the world that provide services to children free of charge.

Many players every year use the Shrine game to showcase their talents for scouts in preparation for the upcoming NFL Combine and Draft.

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