By Otis Kirk
Arkansas’ pair of defensive tackle Armon Watts and offensive tackle Brian Wallace have been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The announcement was made on Twitter on Monday.
Armon Watts of University of Arkansas – Fayetteville has accepted the invitation to play in the 2019 East-West Shrine Game. #shrinegame @armonwatts @UArkansas pic.twitter.com/a4nyEeVYvK— Shrine Game (@Shrine_Game) November 26, 2018
Watts enjoyed a very good 2018 season. He finished with 49 tackles, 25 unassisted, 8.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.
Watts came to Arkansas from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High School. Prior to the 2018 season Watts had only played sparingly at Arkansas. In three years before 2018, Watts had seven tackles and a quarterback hurry.
Brian Wallace of University of Arkansas has accepted the invitation to play in the 2019 East-West Shrine Game. #shrinegame @UArkansas pic.twitter.com/ZfnAjJfGke— Shrine Game (@Shrine_Game) November 22, 2018
Wallace also came to Arkansas from St. Louis Christian Brothers College High School. He started 33 of 35 games played during his Razorback career on the offensive line, including each of the last 19 at right tackle. He appeared in 1,998 offensive snaps over his four years, with a career-high 756 in 2018.
With almost 2,000 snaps logged as a collegian, Wallace only allowed 10 sacks, giving up three in each of the last two seasons. In 2016, he was a member of an offensive line that paved the way for Rawleigh Williams III to capture the SEC regular season rushing title with 1,326 yards on the ground and Austin Allen to throw for an SEC-best 3,430 yards. Wallace entered the 2018 campaign as a preseason third-team All-SEC honoree and a graduate.
The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 2 p.m. Central Time. The game helps support the Shriners Hospital for Kids.