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.