BOISE– Utah State’s senior running back Kerwynn Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 19, 2013.
Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), is the first Aggie to play in the East-West Shrine Game since De’von Hall participated in the 84th annual game after the 2008-09 season.
On the season, Williams ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 pg) as well as first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing with 106.42 yards per game. Furthermore, Williams leads the team in rushing yards (1,277), rushing touchdown (12), receiving yards (663), receptions (43), all-purpose yards (1,956) and scoring (102), while also being tied for the most receiving touchdowns with five.
For his career, Williams ranks first in USU history, second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in all-purpose yards (6,659). He also ranks first in school history in kickoff return yards (3,390), kickoff returns (135), sixth in rushing average per carry (6.3), eighth in rushing yards (2,280), eighth in rushing touchdowns (19) and ninth in total touchdowns (25).
The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday Jan. 19, 2013 and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and aired nationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.
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.
Utah State, who officially joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concluded WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the seventh-longest active winning streak in the nation. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.
Nationally, Utah State is one of just 22 teams with 10 or more wins on the season and USU is one of just four teams across the country who did not lose a league game joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference
Utah State is ranked 18th in the nation in this week’s Associated Press top 25, 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.