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Hubner, Johnson to Compete in East-West Shrine Game
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/11/2013
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Jan. 11, 2013

TEMPE - Two Sun Devil seniors will represent Arizona State once more in the collegiate careers as standouts Josh Hubner and Keelan Johnson have each accepted invitations to take part in the to 88th East-West Shrine Game.  The annual postseason college football all-star game will be held January 19, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. EST and televised live on NFL Network.

Johnson, a safety, and Hubner, a punter, were among the top players in the Pac-12 Conference this season at their respective positions.   Both hail locally from the Phoenix area with Hubner coming out of Scottsdale (Desert Mountain HS) and Johnson from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS).

Hubner finished the season second in the nation and first in the conference with 47.1 yards per punt, earning the school's single-season record (46+ attempts). An All-Pac-12 second-team honoree, he had 19 punts pinned inside the 20 this season and led the conference with 20 punts of 50 or more yards. He had 5,013 career punting yards for an average of 44.0 yards per kick, which is second all-time in school history.

Hubner, who is just the second punter in school history to be named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, also earned All-America honors from both Sports Illustrated and Lindy's, as well as second team All-Pac-12 recognition from Phil Steele. He was named the Babe Alex Demon Special Teams MVP at the team's Award Banquet on Dec. 8.

Johnson, a senior captain for the 2012 squad, finished the year with 88 tackles - a mark that was good for second on the team.  His five interceptions led the team and his .38 interceptions per game and was third in the conference and 17th in the nation this past season.  His 6.77 tackles per contest were good for 13th in the conference this season. 

His 13 passes defended were second behind Osahon Irabor's 14 and the most since Justin Tryon broke up 16 in 2007 and his eight career interceptions are tied for second since 2000.  However, his forced fumble against Arizona's Matt Scott to turn the tides of the Territorial Cup will likely be the play that goes down as the biggest in his legacy. 

Johnson was named a First Team Pac-12 All-American and earned third-team honors as a safety on Phil Steele's Postseason All-Pac-12 team. 

Three former Sun Devil players are members of the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame, including running back Charley Taylor (inducted in 2009), safety Mike Haynes (2006) and linebacker Pat Tillman (2005).


An elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, have all played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.'" 

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children." 

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
  Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit

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