Stamper to play in East-West Game


Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.

Florida linebacker Ryan Stamper has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game. The game will be held Jan. 23, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m.

Stamper joins football greats such as Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America’s longest-running college all-star football game.

During his time as a Gator, Stamper appeared in 41 games with 26 starts and was a team captain as both a junior and senior. He collected 148 total tackles (77 solo) in his career and made 13.5 tackles for a total loss of 51 yards, including 5.5 sacks. Stamper also recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes for the Orange and Blue.

In 2009, Stamper earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and ranked first among Gator defenders with 78 total tackles (42 solo). He notched five tackles (three solo) against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and tied for the team lead with seven tackles (five solo) against Florida State in his final game at The Swamp. Stamper totaled a career-high 13 tackles (nine solo), including one for a loss of four yards in the win over Mississippi State, registered nine total tackles in the road victory at No. 4 LSU and made 12 tackles (five solo), incl ding three tackles for a loss of five yards, as well as a quarterback sack for a loss of two yards against Eastern Division rival Tennessee.

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