Utah State’s Zach Vigil invited to play in 2015 East-West Shrine Game

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Zach Vigil has accepted an invitation to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday Jan. 17, 2015 and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and aired internationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.

Vigil becomes the 30th Aggie to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the third in as many years joining Kerwynn Williams (2013) and Nevin Lawson (2014).

As a senior, Vigil was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, a third-team All-American by Phil Steele, a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports and an honorable mention All-American by SI.com, along with being named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Vigil, a 6-2, 240-pound senior linebacker from Clearfield, Utah (Clearfield HS) concluded his senior season by being named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as Utah State posted a 21-6 win against UTEP. Against the Miners, Vigil posted nine tackles to go along with one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup.

Vigil’s nine tackles against UTEP give him 387 tackles in his career, moving him ahead of Brent Passey (386, 1997-2000) and into fifth-place all-time in school history.

On the season, Vigil led the team in tackles (154), tackles for loss (19.5), sacks (9.0) and QB hurries (6). He also had four pass breakups and one interception. The 154 tackles are the fourth-most in a single season in school history.

Vigil ends his career a part of the winningest senior class in Utah State history with 37 victories, as well as a member of the group of Aggies who have participated in four-straight bowl games and won three-straight bowl games, both of which are school records.

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 (10-4, 6-2 MW) concluded its 2014 season with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Overall, it was USU’s third-straight bowl win in its fourth-straight bowl game, both of which are school records. USU’s 10 wins are also the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished 11-2.

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