Colorado linebacker Drew Lewis has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lewis recently completed his senior season with the Buffaloes. Playing mostly outside linebacker, but also on the inside at times, he had 66 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss, nine third-down stops, four pass breakups and an interception.
Starting every game at inside linebacker in 2017, Lewis led the team with 119 tackles, while also posting two sacks and four tackles for loss.
The East-West Shrine game allows many of the top collegiate players to showcase their talent for professional scouts. More than 100 players from last year's game signed with pro teams, including 70 that made final NFL rosters. Among those was former Buffs running back Phillip Lindsay, now with the Denver Broncos.
CU's history with the Shrine Game goes back to 1936, when William "Kayo" Lam was the first Buff to participate. With Lewis' participation, the Buffs will have had a player in eight consecutive Shrine Games.
CU receiver Juwann Winfree was recently selected to play in the eighth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Jan. 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.