Four Broncos Headed to East-West Shrine Game

BOISE, Idaho - Four members of the Boise State football team's 2010 senior class will represent the Broncos in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game, as Brandyn Thompson, Ryan Winterswyk, Winston Venable and Jeron Johnson have all accepted invitations to participate in the all-star game.

The East-West Shrine game, which is the longest running college all-star football game in America, benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international pediatric specialty health care system consisting of 22 hospitals.

Prior to this year Boise State had 16 players participate in the East-West Shrine Game. The Broncos have also been represented in the game by at least one player in 11 of the last 12 games.

Thompson (5-10, 180) is coming off his third consecutive year starting at defensive back for the Broncos in which he earned second team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. Thompson started 40 games for Boise State over the past three seasons. He finished his career with 146 tackles and 13 interceptions.

Winterswyk (6-4, 270), enjoyed a highly decorated career at defensive end with the Broncos after joining the program as a walk-on in 2006. He became a three-time first team All-WAC honoree after starting 43 games in four seasons. Winterswyk finished his career ranked fourth at Boise State in career tackles for loss (44.5) and fifth in career sacks (21.5). He also recorded 168 tackles for his career.

Of the four players, Venable (5-11, 218) recently concluded the shortest career as a Bronco after spending just two seasons at Boise State after transfering from Glendale Community College in 2009. Venable made an immediate impact following his transfer however, starting all but one game at Nickle over his two seasons with the Broncos. He recorded 116 tackles and 17.6 tackles for loss en route to being named second team All-WAC as a junior and first team All-WAC as a senior.

Johnson (5-11, 195) rounds out the group with the most career starts (44) to his name as he became a cornerstone of the Boise State defense at safety over the past four seasons. Johnson led the Broncos in tackles in each of his final three seasons, earning him all-conference honors three consecutive years. Johnson was named first team All-WAC in 2010, and second team All-WAC in 2008 and 2009. He finished his career ranked 12th all-time in career tackles (318) at Boise State.

The 86th annual East-West Shrine Game will be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

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