Everyone's All-American David Arkin Set for Football All-Star Events
ORLANDO, Fla. - Missouri State offensive lineman David Arkin (Sr., Wichita, Kan.) has been named to the East roster for the 86th Annual East-West Shrine Game to be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Saturday, Jan. 22.
He will wear his familiar No. 77 for head coach Wade Phillips' squad. The game will be televised at 3 p.m. on the NFL Network.
Arkin is the fifth Bears' player to appear in the all-star game and the second in as many years. Former teammate Clay Harbor, who just completed his rookie season with the Philadelphai Eagle, competed in the 2010 contest. Kicker Wayne Boyer (1996), tight end Brad St. Louis (1999) and kicker Jon Scifres (2005) have also represented the Bears.
The 6-5, 302-pound senior from Wichita, Kan., has spent the offseason collecting awards. He has been named to The Sports Network, Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association Division I FCS All-America squads for his outstanding senior performance. He is just the third MSU player to run the gauntlet and claim first-team All-America honors from all four organizations, joining Bill Walter (DT, 1991) and Wayne Boyer (K, 1996).
In 2010, Arkin earned first-team All-MVFC laurels for the second straight year after grading out at 87 percent for the season with 82 knock-down blocks. He started all 44 games of his college career and is just the third MSU player to earn All-MVFC honors four times, also claiming second-team all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008. He also was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America second team and claimed his fourth Academic All-MVFC honor this season.
Arkin is ranked as the No. 12 draft-eligible offensive guard by CBS Sports.com. He was a six-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week and earned the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award during the fall semester of 2008. He helped the Bears average 425.5 yards total offense, 214.2 rushing yards and 30.4 points per game this season, all of which ranked in the top 24 nationally. He graduated in December with a 3.72 GPA in construction management.
Arkin is one of only eight Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players competing in the game and the only Missouri Valley Football Conference representative.
He is also tabbled to play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 5 (1 p.m.).
East-West Shrine Game Rosters