Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rams D Lineman To Play In Shrine Game

Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday that University of Regina Rams fourth-year defensive tackle Akiem Hicks will be one of three CIS players that will participate in the 87th Annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hicks becomes the fourth University of Regina player to take part in the East-West Shrine Game in the 12-year history of the Rams at the CIS level, joining Jordan Sisco (2010), Brendon LaBatte (2008), and Jason Clermont (2002).

Hicks recently wrapped up a brilliant second season for the Rams, being named Canada West's top lineman in addition to garnering first-team All-Canadian and Canada West all-star honours.

The 6'5”, 300 lb. product of Elk Grove, Calif., had a team-high 35½ total tackles, set a University of Regina single-season record with 6½ sacks, broke up three passes, and forced two fumbles during the conference schedule. He led all players with 10½ tackles in the team's Canada West semifinal game at Calgary.

Hicks will be joined by Saskatchewan offensive lineman Ben Heenan on the West roster. Laval defensive lineman Arnaud Gascon-Nadon was named to the East roster.

The East-West Shrine Game is an annual postseason college football all-star event and a benefit for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. It will be shown live on the NFL Network, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. CST on Jan. 21.

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