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Furman's Dozier To Play In East-West Shrine Game

Dakota Dozier
Dakota Dozier

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman All-American offensive tackle Dakota Dozier has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game, scheduled for Jan. 18, 2014, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., it has been announced.

The longest running college all-star game in the country (1925), this year's contest will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Dozier, a 6-foot-4, 303-pound senior, was the recipient of the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award this fall and was a unanimous three-time all-league selection during his career in balloting by league coaches and media.  As a junior he was named All-America by the Sports Network and Associated Press.

The West Columbia, S.C., product played in 45 games and earned 44 starts during his Paladin tenure, logging 2,741 plays.  He helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushers at Furman (2011-13) and served as a team captain as a senior, contributing significantly to the Paladins' late season surge that netted a share of the 2013 SoCon championship — a league record 13th title -- plus an NCAA FCS playoff appearance.

Dozier is the third Paladin to be extended an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, joining Dennis Williams, FB (1984) and Jerome Felton, FB (2007).

More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams this past year.