USF’s Lattimore Set For Shrine Game Saturday

TAMPA, JAN. 13, 2014 – USF linebacker DeDe Lattimore (Athens, Ga.) will compete for the East Team in Saturday’s 89th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The longest-running all-star college football game, the Shrine Game will kickoff at 4 p.m. ET. For the fourth consecutive year it will be televised by the NFL Network. The East Team will be coached by Jerry Glanville, while the West Team will be led by Romeo Crennel. Teams begin practicing Monday.

Lattimore, who earned his degree in criminology in December, will be the second straight Bulls linebacker to compete in the game following Sam Barrington, who was drafted in the 7th round by the Green Bay Packers last year. He will be the 11th USF player overall to compete in the game since 2000 and the fifth in the last three years.

Lattimore led the Bulls with a career-best 98 tackles in his final season and finished second all-time at USF in career tackles (337) and forced fumbles (6), seventh in sacks (15) and 10th in tackles for loss (32.5). The second-team All-American Conference selection for coach Willie Taggart’s squad led the conference and ranked 10th in the FBS forcing four fumbles on the year and was second in the conference recovering three. He led the Bulls in tackles in five games and posted 32 more tackles than the next closest USF player.

A staple in college football since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has 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.

SOURCE: USF Athletics