Mountaineers Picked For All-Star Games


Posted Jan 11, 2012


Three West Virginia senior defenders will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., while an offensive lineman will participate in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game on Jan. 16 at Kino Stadium in Tuscson, Ariz.

Linebacker Najee Goode, defensive lineman Julian Miller and defensive back Keith Tandy have been selected to play in the venerable East-West Shrine Game, which was first contested in 1925. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game in the nation.

Miller and Goode will play on the East squad, while Tandy will perform for the West.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Don Barclay will play in the Casino Del Sol contest. This is the first year the game will be played under that name -- it was re-branded from the Eastham Energy College All Star Game that was located in Tempe, Ariz., last year.

Tandy finished his career with 166 tackles (including 129 solo stops). He had 12 career interceptions, and 24 pass breakups from his cornerback position.

Goode, a walk-on who became the leader of the WVU linebacking corps, recorded 135 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass break-ups during his four years. He also had seven sacks and 25 tackles for loss.

Miller, the leader of West Virginia's defensive front, recorded 169 tackles, 29 1/2 sacks and 48 1/2 tackles for loss during his Mountaineer career. He also broke up 11 passes, forced four fumbles and recovered another.

Barclay, who will play for the East (Stars) squad, was a three-year starter who anchored the 2011 West Virginia line.

Players will report for practices at the Shrine Game on Jan. 14, and will have five practices before the contest. Team activities will also include visits to the Shriners Hospital in Tampa.

The East West Shrine game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by the NFL Network, while the Casino Del Sol game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. and be shown on Fox Sports Arizona.


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