ISU defensive back accepts East-West Shrine Game invitation

ISU defensive back accepts East-West Shrine Game invitation
Illinois State cornerback Davontae Harris (10) has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. (photo courtesy of HERO Sports)

Illinois State defensive back Davontae Harris has been selected to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Harris, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds by ISU, recently became earned Missouri Valley Football Conference first team honors for the second-consecutive season. That made Harris the first Redbird defensive back to earn first-team league honors since Sam Young in 1999-2000.


The Wichita, Kan. product led the team and tied for second in the MVFC with 14 passes defended (12 PBU, 2 INT). He also ranked third on the team with 57 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, and was credited with three quarterback hurries.

Harris has been projected as an NFL draft pick. Most draft predictions have him as a fifth-round selection.

According the the official East-West Shrine Game website, the annual event has been held 92 times previously “with all net proceeds from the game benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

Two Redbirds have played in the East-West Shrine Game prior to Harris:  defensive tackle Chad Pegues in 1998 and linebacker Boomer Grigsby in 2004.


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