Saffold, Kirlew playing in all-star games

From Indiana sports info:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Left tackle Rodger Saffold has been selected to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game and defensive end Jammie Kirlew accepted an invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. the Nation Challenge.

The East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Saffold is a member of the East squad that will be coached by former Cleveland Browns boss Romeo Crennel. The Bedford, Ohio, native will be the first Hoosier to play in the game since current New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter in 2008.

Kirlew will take the field on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the fourth annual contest. Kickoff is scheduled for noon MST at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kirlew and the Nation squad will be coached by Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger.

Saffold, a 2009 second team All-Big Ten selection, became the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). He never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign. Saffold started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he started all 12 games protecting Chappell’s blind side and the Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks and one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, both of which ranked second in the Big Ten.

Kirlew, who was named the team’s MVP for the second straight season, also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. The Orlando native finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. Kirlew was sixth in the league and 23rd nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, tied for sixth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with five forced fumbles and shared third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally with two fumble recoveries.

He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers’ career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for lost list with 52.5. Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being named a member of the 11-player Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. He was also a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).

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  1. Congrats to these guys, I will be watching you in the future. I wish we had Kirlew next year…I think he will make it in the NFL if he works at it. Good luck!

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