Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and defensive back Nigel Malone have been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, the organization announced Tuesday.
The selections mark the 48th and 49th in school history for the annual game, which will be held this year on January 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning at 3 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network. Kansas State players have earned 30 East-West Shrine Game selections since 1993, including current NFL players Jeromey Clary (2005), Jeron Mastrud (2009) and Tysyn Hartman (2011).
The 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Klein finished his K-State career with a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback to tie the school record. He led the Wildcats to their third conference championship in school history and the first since 2003 as Kansas State finished the regular season 11-1 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play. Klein finished out his senior campaign with 920 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, a mark that is second in school history to his 27 scores in 2011. He also greatly improved his passing as he went 197-of-304 for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished with the second-best completion percentage in school history at 64.8.
Malone is a two-time semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer. He tied for team-high honors with five interceptions a year after finishing second in school history with seven picks in 2011. The Manteca, Calif., product also broke up nine other passes and was one of eight players with 50 or more tackles this season as he finished with 51.
Klein and Malone are the third and fourth Wildcats to earn invitations to postseason all-star games this year as linebacker Arthur Brown and wide receiver Chris Harper will play in the Senior Bowl (January 26, 3 p.m., NFL Network).
The participating players in the East-West Shrine Game come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.