Three Defenders Invited to Play in East-West Shrine Game

July 30, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

Senior football student-athletes Nick Barnett, Eric Manning, and Dennis Weathersby have been invited to compete in the 78th annual East-West Shrine Game, slated for Jan. 11 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco.

The addition of the three brings the total to 80 Oregon State football players who have participated in the premier college all-star game since 1925.

Barnett enters this season with 16 career starts, including 11 straight at strong linebacker. He has registered 128 career tackles, including nine behind the line of scrimmage. The Fontana, Cal., native was 15th in the Pac-10 Conference last season for tackles with 73, and earned honorable mention all-conference.

Manning is one of the top defensive tackles in the nation and is coming off his junior year where he was named first team all-conference. The Compton, Cal., native has 78 career stops, including six quarterback sacks and 21 tackles-for-loss. He is a candidate for the 2002 Lombardi and Nagurski Awards.

Weathersby is considered by many to be the premier cornerback in college football. The Duarte, Cal., native is a candidate for the 2002 Thorpe Award. Weathersby earned second team all-conference acclaim last season, and again was a member of several academic teams. He has started 32 games in his OSU career, including 14 straight.

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