McDougald and Hawkinson Lead West Team To Victory At East-West Shrine Game

Jan. 19, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Kansas football standouts Bradley McDougald and Tanner Hawkinson helped lead the West team to a 28-13 win at the East-West Shrine Game Saturday. The pair of Jayhawks both earned a spot in the starting lineup and made their presence felt throughout the game.

Hawkinson played an instrumental part on the West team’s offensive line, suiting up at the left tackle, while McDougald collected five tackles playing safety and on special teams for the winning squad.

“The experience overall was great,” said McDougald. “Going against top-notch competition all week in practice and then in the game was such a good opportunity for us to showcase our abilities. We also had a chance to meet with general managers and scouts from all of the NFL teams, which was not only a blessing, but a dream come true.”

McDougald commented that he gained so much from his experience on the field, but also in the trip to the Shriners Hospital visit earlier in the week.

“I feel like I played well in the game,” said McDougald. “I made some open field tackles and some plays on specials teams and that was a good thing. Some of the people we met at our hospital visit earlier in the week were able to come see us play and that was definitely a highlight for me to be able to see them again following the game.”

Both McDougald and Hawkinson received invitations to the 2013 NFL Combine, which will be held in Indianapolis Feb. 20-26.