Jan. 11, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Five former Pitt football standouts will showcase their talents in upcoming senior all-star games beginning tonight.
Offensive lineman Chris Jacobson and wide receiver Mike Shanahan will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game held this evening in Tucson, Ariz. The game will kick off at 9 p.m. (ET) and can be viewed live via ESPN3.
Running back Ray Graham and offensive lineman Ryan Turnley will play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, held January 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The NFL Network will televise the contest beginning at 4 p.m.
Also on January 19, quarterback Tino Sunseri will play in the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic held in Montgomery, Ala. The 4 p.m. game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Jacobson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) started all 13 games at left guard this past season. He appeared in 46 career games with 30 total starts and blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers at Pitt.
Shanahan (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) was an All-Big East performer in 2012. He posted career-high receiving numbers as a senior with 62 catches for 983 yards (15.9 avg.) and six touchdowns. Shanahan’s 159 career receptions rank fifth all-time at Pitt.
Graham (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) was selected first team All-Big East the past two seasons. As a senior he rushed for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns on 222 carries (4.7 avg.). Graham finished his career as one of the most prolific backs in school history, ranking second all-time at Pitt in rushing yards (3,271) and all-purpose yards (4,943).
Turnley (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell) was a 2012 All-Big East pick at center, starting 26 consecutive games at that position to close his collegiate career. A four-year letterman, he also worked at guard while at Pitt.
Sunseri (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) started every single contest the past three seasons (39 games). He finished his career second all-time at Pitt in total offense (8,591) and third in passing yards (8,590). Sunseri saved his best season for last, completing 65% of his passes for 3,288 yards and 21 touchdowns against only three interceptions. His passing yardage in 2012 is the second-highest single-season total in Pitt history.
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