Marinelli and Udofia to Participate in East-West Shrine Game on Saturday

Jan. 20, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Seniors Chris Marinelli and Ekom Udofia will continue Stanford's long and proud participation in the 85th East-West Shrine Game which will be held on Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Kickoff is set for 12 noon Pacific Time and the game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel will head up the East team while longtime NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer will handle the sideline duties for the West squad.

Marinelli, a first team All-Pac-10 selection who also earned second team AP All-America honors, was the leader of Stanford's offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the Pac-10 Conference and helped pave the way for the best rushing attack in school history. A native of Braintree, Mass., Marinelli started the first game of the season at left guard before being moved to right tackle where he started the final 12 contests.

Udofia, who started all 13 games at nose guard as a senior, led all Stanford interior linemen in tackles with 36. He made 44 career appearances over the last four seasons, including 39 career starts.

The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest and one of the most respected of the postseason collegiate bowl games. Every year since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has been played to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopaedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families through 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The game was held at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in 1925 before it moved to Houston in 2007. Stanford Stadium hosted the East-West Game from 1976 to 2000.

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