EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — College all-star games scheduled for the next two Saturdays are likely to include future Vikings.
The 90th East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Former Vikings assistant coach Mike Singletary (2011-13) is set to coach the East team, and Jim Zorn is set to coach the West squad.
Thirteen of the players on Minnesota's final 53-man roster of 2014 are past participants of East-West Shrine games:
2006: Greg Jennings; 2007: Brian Robison; 2008 Jerome Felton; 2009: Jasper Brinkley; 2011: Justin Trattou 2012: Blair Walsh, Jarius Wright, Shaun Prater, Josh Kaddu, Chase Ford; 2013: Gerald Hodges, Zach Line; 2014: Austin Wentworth
Three players who signed reserve contracts with the Vikings at the end of the season, Pat Devlin (2011), DeMarcus Van Dyke (2011) and Zac Kerin (2014), are also past participants.
The Reese's Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Ken Whisenhunt and the Tennessee Titans staff will coach the North team, and Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars staff will coach the South team.
Nine players on Minnesota's final 53-man roster of 2014 are alumni of the Senior Bowl, which began in 1950.
2006: Chad Greenway; 2008: John Sullivan; 2010: Vladimir Ducasse; 2011: Christian Ponder; 2012: Harrison Smith and Audie Cole; 2013: Jeff Locke; 2014: Ahmad Dixon and Shamar Stephen
Three players who finished the season on injured reserve — Phil Loadholt (2009), Brandon Fusco (2011) and Jerick McKinnon (2014) — participated in past Senior Bowls, and three players who signed reserve/future contracts with the Vikings for 2014 attended past games: Ryan Otten in 2013, Justin Anderson and Kain Colter in 2014, though Colter suffered an ankle injury in practice.