Receiver Kerry Meier, safety Darrell Stuckey and quarterback Todd Reesing, three players commonly associated with the ascension of the Kansas University football program, will participate in their final collegiate game today, the East-West Shrine Game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The invite-only game, which annually features some of the nation’s top college seniors and is the longest event of its kind in the nation, kicks off at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2 (Sunflower Broadband channels 34, 234).
Meier, Stuckey and Reesing, who’ve spent the past week working out in front of NFL personnel while preparing for the game, will compete for the West team, which will be led by former Kansas City Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer. Romeo Crennel, who was recently named the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, will coach the East team.
All three players earned all-Big 12 accolades during their collegiate careers, and each played a prominent role in the team’s recent success, which included a 12-1 2007 season and back-to-back bowl victories in ’07 and ’08.
They’ll be the first Kansas players to participate in the Shrine Game since Marcus Henry, Brandon McAnderson and James McClinton did so following the ’07 season.
What should come as encouraging news, meanwhile — at least in the eyes of the players — is that the game’s participants have routinely gone on to play at the next level.
Ninety percent of the participants in the 2009 game were either drafted or signed as free agent with NFL teams, while 307 of the game’s alumni were listed on 2009 NFL opening day rosters.
Gill to be present for museum’s opening: Turner Gill, who was named Kansas’ head football coach Dec. 14, will be in attendance when the Kansas Sports Museum in Newton holds its grand opening Jan. 30-31.
Gill is scheduled to make an appearance from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.