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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Three local players added to Shrine Game

By Scott Powers

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and offensive tackle Al Netter and Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish have been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Persa became the NCAA’s all-time leader in completion percentage this season. He completed 218 of 297 passes for 2,376 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

Netter started 52 games, including 44 straight, at left tackle for the Wildcats. He was an Outland Trophy candidate and was named to the AFCA Good Works Team.

Harnish was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country this season. Harnish finished 15th in the nation in rushing with 1,379 yards, leading all quarterbacks. He also ran for 11 touchdowns and passed for 28 touchdowns against six interceptions.

The game will be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 21.