CU Buffs safety Evan Worthington accepts Shrine Game invite

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Colorado senior safety Evan Worthington had six pass breakups and an interception during the 2018 season.

Colorado safety Evan Worthington has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Worthington is the second CU player to accept an invitation to the Shrine Game, joining linebacker Drew Lewis.

Worthington recently completed his senior season with the Buffaloes. He missed three games with a concussion, but in the nine games he played, he posted 48 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception. He also had a sack and two tackles for loss.

A Denver native and Cherokee Trail High School graduate, Worthington started the last 20 games in which he played for CU.

During the 2017 season, he had 86 tackles, three interceptions and six 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. This will be the eighth consecutive year that the Buffs will have had players in the Shrine Game.

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