Last Chance to See Alex Boone in a Buckeye Helmet

By Jason Priestas on January 17, 2009 at 4:54p
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Troy Smith in the 2007 Senior BowlUniform FAIL

Not that the thought excites you, but...

Alex Boone will get another crack at showing NFL scouts that he's worthy of the next level when he hits the field in the East-West Shrine Game today at 4PM on the Deuce. These types of games don't typically do much to shape a prospect's overall profile, but if you enjoy seeing a Buckeye in action, this is one of your last chances until April. Even if it is the guy that basically never grew past his sophomore season.

Boone will be playing for the East which is packed with elder statesman of the Big Ten: Greg Orton, Brian Hoyer, Tyrell Sutton and Morgan Trent. Other notables on the East team include Chase Daniel, and well, that's about it.

The West roster features Keith Ellison of USC and a bunch of dudes I've never heard of. Full rosters are here.

Next Saturday brings us the Senior Bowl, which typically features more talent (and thus, more NFL scouts). It's still a decent game, but nowhere near what it was in the past. To my knowledge, Freeman is the only Buckeye playing in this game. There are reports that Tressel told Laurinaitis and Jenkins that it wouldn't be worth their time to attend, which is most likely the case, if true.

Finally, we get the appropriately-named Texas vs. the Nation game on Saturday the 31st. Nader Abdallah will join a contingent of 11 Big Ten players participating, when he lines up for team Texas (guess Louisiana was annexed). The good news for him is that Curtis Painter will be playing for the other team, thus almost guaranteeing Nader's side a victory in the affair.

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