FAYETTEVILLE — Two Arkansas Razorbacks football players have been invited to the 94th East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Senior right tackle Brian Wallace and defensive lineman Armon Watts are the first Razorbacks invited to college’s longest-running all-star game since Brooks Ellis, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Drew Morgan, Dan Skipper, and Deatrich Wise Jr. were invited to the 2017 game.
Wallace started in 33 of his 35 games with the Hogs and appeared in 1,998 offensive snaps during his four seasons with a career-high 756 in 2018. In 2016, the Florissant, Mo. native helped pave the way for running back Rawleigh Williams III to capture the SEC regular season rushing title with 1,326 yards and helped quarterback Austin Allen throw for 3,340 yards, the best in the SEC.
Watts started in 11 of 12 games for Arkansas in 2018, collecting 49 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and a team-high seven sacks and three forced fumbles. It was the most sacks by a Razorback since 2015 and ranking top-10 in program history.
The St. Louis, Mo. native started the season with two fumbles in as many games against Eastern Illinois and Colorado State. He also produced a fumble against Tulsa on homecoming, where he won the Crip Hall Homecoming Award, given to the top-performing senior in the homecoming game. Pro Football Focus recognized Watts a myriad of times throughout the season and he was a member of the Midseason All-SEC Team.
The East-West Shrine Game will be played at Tropicana Field on Jan. 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central Time and broadcast on NFL Network.