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Canes headed to East-West Shrine game

Former Miami running back and Graig Cooper and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke have been invited to participate in the 86th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Cooper and Van Dyke are two of 32 players that have been selected. Former NFL coaches Wade Phillips and Dan Reeves will serves as the game’s head coaches.

Cooper wrapped up his collegiate career ranking third in program history in career all-purpose yardage (3,864), trailing only Santana Moss (4,394) and Ottis Anderson (4,265). He also ranks fifth in UM history in career rushing yards (2,387). Limited by injuries in 2010, Cooper, who played in 46 games in his career, finished this senior year with 427 all-purpose yards, including 165 yards rushing on 35 carries.

Van Dyke played in 50 games in his career, tying him for third all-time at UM in career games played. He started 23 games in his career at cornerback, including five this past season. He closed out his career with 80 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, three interceptions and 3.0 tackles for loss. As a senior, Van Dyke tallied 20 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for 74 yards at Pittsburgh on Sept. 23.