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Eagles' Overbay selected for East-West Shrine game

Nathan Overbay (Photo: EWU Athletics) Nathan Overbay (Photo: EWU Athletics)

by EWU Athletics

Eastern Washington University senior tight end Nathan Overbay has been selected to play in the 85th-Annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23, 2010, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at noon Pacific time.

Overbay, a 2005 graduate of W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., is only the second Eastern player to ever play in the East-West Game. Michael Roos, now with the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League, played in 2005 following his senior season in 2004.

A huge target at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Overbay caught 51 passes for 588 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior to earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors. He is the nephew of Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball player Lyle Overbay.

In Orlando, the quarterbacks on Overbay's West squad are BYU's Max Hall and Oklahoma State's Zak Robinson. Washington State's Kenny Alfred, whose brother Matt Alfred was an All-America offensive lineman at EWU in 2007, is also on the West roster.

The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest college all-star game in the country and features the finest athletes in the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, 95 of 105 players on the East-West Shrine Game roster were either drafted or signed by National Football League clubs with 44 selected in that year's draft. A total of 307 East-West Shrine Game alumni were on 2008 NFL opening-day 53-man rosters, practice squads and injured-reserve lists.

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