UCLA center Jake Brendel is the latest Bruin to accept an invite to a college all-star game.
The fourth-year starter is slated to play in the East-West Shrine Game, held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 23. Brendel has started a school-record 51 games for UCLA, and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team for the second straight season. He helped stabilize an offensive line that allowed a conference-low 14 sacks.
Brendel was also shortlisted for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given each year to the top scholar-athlete in college football. As one of 12 finalists, he received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
The last Bruin to appear in the East-West Shrine Game was defensive end Cassius Marsh, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt — an eventual sixth-round pick — had also accepted an invitation that year, but became a late add to the Senior Bowl.
UCLA senior receiver Devin Fuller accepted an invitation last week to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.