(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla) In a game where the West squad dominated the passing game – both on offense and defense, it is not surprising that both of the “Outstanding Player Award” recipients caught a pass for a touchdown. The West team won the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game 28-13 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The William H. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player was awarded to Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis who caught 4 passes for 92 yards, including the game’s second touchdown, a 57-yard strike from Arizona QB Matt Scott. Bumphis also had a 21-yard kickoff return.
The E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player went to Kansas State cornerback Nigel Malone who intercepted Louisiana Tech’s Colby Cameron and returned it for a touchdown with just seconds left in the first half.
Malone’s interception and score took place just 15 seconds after Bumphis’ touchdown, and put the West ahead 21-3 going into halftime. It would prove to be a 1-2 punch that the East squad would not overcome.
About the Most Outstanding Player Award Namesakes: E. Jack Spaulding was a captain in the U.S. Navy and was one of the organizers of the first East-West Shrine Game. William H. Coffman was the managing director of the East-West Shrine Game for 40 years.
About the East-West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Learn more at www.shrinegame.com.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.