helmetUCF senior defensive tackle Torrell Troup (Conyers, Ga.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game which will be held on January 23, 2010 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Troup will join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America`s longest-running college all-star football game.

Troup, a defensive tackle at 6-3, 314 pounds, has helped UCF rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense and tackles for loss this year while also ranking 11th nationally in sacks.  

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL … ‘Just Like on Sunday.'”

 While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

 “We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,” said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events – all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.”