Jan. 21, 2010
Baylor senior All-America linebacker Joe Pawelek and senior long-snapper Carter Brunelle will play for the West team in the 85th East-West Shrine Game Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The annual collegiate all-star game kicks off at 2 p.m. CST and will be televised live nationally on ESPN2.
Pawelek is a two-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American (ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA). He finished his career with 422 tackles, the 18th-highest total in NCAA history (since 2000) and second all-time in Baylor history to Mike Singletary (662), and totaled nine interceptions.
A four-year starter from San Antonio, Pawelek earned National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete status in 2009 as a Campbell Trophy finalist. He led Baylor with 109 tackles as a senior and his 9.1 average-per-game ranked second in the Big 12 Conference. His 45 career starts tied the school record. Pawelek was a quarterfinalist for the 2009 Ronnie Lott Trophy and was on watch lists for the Butkus, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards.
Brunelle, a former walk-on, served as Baylor's primary long snapper as a junior and senior. He handled snaps for all punts and selected kicks as a senior in 2009 and was the primary snapper for all special teams as a junior in 2008. He played in 24 career games.
The Duluth, Ga., native walked on to Baylor's squad following the 2006 season and after seeing no game action during the 2007 season was awarded a scholarship prior to his junior year in 2008. Brunelle played outside linebacker and offensive line in high school.
The Baylor duo will be coached on the West squad by former Cleveland Browns/Kansas City Chiefs/Washington Redskins/San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Shottenheimer.
Brunelle and Pawelek will become the 59th and 60th Baylor student-athletes to compete in the East-West Shrine Game (offensive lineman Dan Gay participated in last year's 84th annual Shrine game).
The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest and one of the most respected postseason collegiate bowl games. Every year since 1925, the East-West Game has been played to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopaedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families, through the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.