Washington senior receiver Kasen Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game, which will take place on Jan. 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
The East-West Shrine Game is widely considered the second most prestigious senior all-star game behind the Senior Bowl. It’s also a place where senior draft eligible prospects can audition for NFL scouts in the lead up to the 2015 NFL draft.
Williams is one of seven Pac-12 players who have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
It’s the second straight year a Washington Husky has played in the East-West Shrine Game. Last year, quarterback Keith Price and safety Sean Parker represented UW.
Williams, a 6-2 and 216 pounds, struggled this season during a return from last year’s leg injuries. He has 15 receptions for 116 yards in 2014.
He was a standout prep recruit from Skyline High and the first Parade All-American Player of the Year to sign with Washington. Williams had a stellar year as a sophomore in 2012 when he finished with 77 catches, which tied for third on UW’s single-season list. His 878 yards were the eighth most in school history.
But then he broke his leg and foot in 2013 and has been slow to regain his form in 2014.
Williams flashed a little of his old form when he leaped over a defensive back in the end zone to haul in a 6-yard touchdown pass during Washington’s 31-13 win over Washington State last Saturday. He finished with three catches for 25 yards.
Williams has been considered an early to mid-round draft pick before the season, but he’ll need to improve drastically if he’s going to be taken in the draft.