ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Senior offensive lineman James Stone will line up alongside teammate Zach Fulton one last time at the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, officially accepting the invitation this week.
The game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NFL Network.
Fulton and Stone will be the 43rd and 44th Vols to take part in the event, and the first since Tauren Poole did so in 2012. It will be the first time multiple Vols will play in the event since 2004, when Rashad Baker, Casey Clausen and Gibril Wilson all represented the Orange and White.
Stone started all 12 games – 11 at center and one at left guard – in 2013 and started 39 total for his Tennessee career.
The Nashville native was part of a UT offensive line that blocked for 2,261 rushing yards this season, the most for Tennessee since 2004 and the second-most since 1999.
Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010.
About the East West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star game in the country. A staple in college football since 1925, the game has consistently proven to be a launch pad for players seeking professional careers in the NFL. More than 100 players from the 88th East-West Shrine Game signed with professional football teams in 2013. On average, more than 275 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
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. Our 23 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic 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.
About Shriners International
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world.
Past Vols In East-West Shrine Game
1932 Gene McEver
1934 Beattie Feathers
1946 Bob Dobelstein
1964 Steve DeLong
1965 Frank Emanuel
1976 Ron McCartney
1977 Mickey Marvin
1979 Robert Shaw
1980 Craig Puki
1981 Tim Irwin
1982 Anthony Hancock
1983 Mike Miller
1985 Johnnie Jones
1986 Eric Swanson
1988 John Bruhin
1990 Kent Elmore
1991 Roland Poles
1992 Tom Myslinski
1996 Scott Galyon
1998 Jonathan Brown
1999 Jeff Hall
2001 David Leaverton
2003 Omari Hand
2004 Rashad Baker
2005 Jason Respert
2006 Jason Hall
2007 Jayson Swain
2008 Jonathan Hefney
2009 Ramon Foster
2010 Chris Scott
2011 Chris Walker
2012 Tauren Poole
2014 Zach Fulton
2014 James Stone
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