MTSU to be represented at East-West Shrine Game

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee wide receiver Anthony Amos has been invited to play in the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game on January 19. Kickoff is set for 3 PM Central at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the game will be shown live on the NFL Network.

Amos, a First Team All-Sun Belt selection, enjoyed a career year in 2012 with 72 catches for 992 yards and nine touchdowns, falling just shy of becoming only the second 1,000-yard receiver in school history. The senior from Fayetteville, NC, had the highlight play of the year with his one-handed touchdown grab in the win over Georgia Tech.

Amos, a walk-on who was put on scholarship at the beginning of his senior year, transferred to Middle Tennessee in 2010 and played in 2011 and 2012. He ended his career with 99 receptions for 1,371 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Amos is the first Blue Raider to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game since Dwone Hicks in 2003. Hicks, however, did not play in the game due to an injury.

Since 1925 the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It's been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before the game.

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