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Neal To Play In East-West Shrine Game

Jan. 9, 2014

Tailback Rajion Neal will run behind Zach Fulton and James Stone one more time as Neal has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18, with his fellow VFLs. Neal will replace Wisconsin running back James White, who is now going to play in the Senior Bowl.

Neal is also slated to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl this Saturday in Charleston, S.C.

With Neal's addition to the East-West Shrine Game, the all-star event will feature three Vols for the first time since 2004. Neal joins Fulton and Stone for the game to be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 4 p.m. ET. The game will air on the NFL Network.

Neal ran for 1,124 yards as a senior, scoring a team-best 12 touchdowns in 2013. His rushing total was the most by a Vol in a regular-season since 2009 (Montario Hardesty). Neal posted five 100-yard rushing games including a career-high 169 vs. South Alabama.

The Fayetteville, Ga., native finished 14th on the career rushing yardage list with 2,163. Overall, he ran for 100 yards or more in seven of his 43 career games with the Vols. That included three SEC games with 100 yards or more (Georgia, 148; Kentucky, 134; Auburn, 124). He also had 66 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

About the East West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.

 

 

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Past Vols In East-West Shrine Game
1932 Gene McEver
Herman Hickman
1934 Beattie Feathers
1946 Bob Dobelstein
1964 Steve DeLong
1965 Frank Emanuel
1976 Ron McCartney
1977 Mickey Marvin
Andy Spiva
1979 Robert Shaw
1980 Craig Puki
Bill Marren
1981 Tim Irwin
Brad White
1982 Anthony Hancock
1983 Mike Miller
1985 Johnnie Jones
1986 Eric Swanson
1988 John Bruhin
Terry McDaniel
1990 Kent Elmore
Tracy Hayworth
1991 Roland Poles
1992 Tom Myslinski
1996 Scott Galyon
DeRon Jenkins
Jason Layman
1998 Jonathan Brown
Robert Poole
1999 Jeff Hall
2001 David Leaverton
2003 Omari Hand
2004 Rashad Baker
Casey Clausen
Gibril Wilson
2005 Jason Respert
2006 Jason Hall
2007 Jayson Swain
2008 Jonathan Hefney
2009 Ramon Foster
2010 Chris Scott
2011 Chris Walker
2012 Tauren Poole
2014 Zach Fulton
James Stone
Rajion Neal

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