Al Afalava and Sammie Stroughter Added to East-West Game
Jan. 8, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State senior football players Al Afalava and Sammie Stroughter have accepted invitations to play in the 84th annual East-West Shrine Game Sat., Jan. 17 at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston. The game will be played at 1 p.m. PST and is being televised by ESPN2.
The duo joins teammates Victor Strong-Butler and Brandon Hughes on the West team, which will be coached by former NCAA and NFL head coach Gene Stallings. The four Beavers in the game are the most since Craig Hanneman, Dave Schilling, Jim Sherbert and Jack Turnbull played in the 1971 event (1970 season).
Afalava started 36 career games at OSU for head coach Mike Riley. The safety concluded his career with 167 tackles and was a 2007 and '08 Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention selection.
Stroughter concluded his career as one of the best receivers ever in Beaver history. He leaves the school as OSU's third all-time leader for receptions with 164 and yards with 2,623. He also is fourth for career all-purpose yards with 4,299, first for punt return yards with 1,235 and punt return touchdowns with three. Stroughter was a 2006 Associated Press Third Team All-American and 2008 Pac-10 First Team selection.
A total of six Beavers are currently playing in postseason all-star games. Andy Levitre and Keenan Lewis are scheduled to appear in the Jan. 24 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The game will be played at 4 p.m. PST and is being televised by the NFL Network.