With the college football season gone and forgotten, student athletes are going through last-minute preparations, with many playing what is likely their final games in uniform. The first of two major all-star games kicks off on Saturday as players from around the country gather in Orlando for the East-West Shrine Game. The rosters feature 13 players from Pac-10 schools and two from the state of Washington, all vying for a spot in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Here's the rundown of the notable prospects.
Nate Williams, safety from Washington
Zach Williams, center from Washington State
Jeff Maehl, wide receiver from Oregon
Brandon Bair, defensive tackle from Oregon
Kenny Rowe, defensive end from Oregon
Alex Linnenkohl, center from Oregon State
The full rosters can be found here.
Though it serves as an all-star game, the East-West Shrine Game is a week-long effort by players to boost their draft stocks. Between that and the Senior Bowl, players are put through NFL-type practices in an effort to get an early look at where they might project when April rolls around.
All week, analysts have been looking at the ups and downs of players to see which have improved and which have seen their stocks fall. The game itself is of less importance, though it gives scouts a look at players playing against the best.
It all kicks off at 1 p.m. on NFL Network. For more on the game, follow SB Nation's StoryStream.