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Coleman, FCS contingent hope to impress in Shrine game

Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman plagued senior campaign, but will have another opportunity to impress NFL scouts in the coming weeks.

Coleman is one of 10 players from Football Championship Subdivision programs who have committed to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field (4 p.m. ET, The NFL Network).

Limited to seven games by a shoulder injury this season, the 6-foot-5, 220- pound Coleman completed 137-of-225 attempts (60.9 percent) for 1,527 yards and nine touchdowns with nine interceptions. The former transfer from Tennessee threw for a combined 5,344 yards in 2009 and 2010, his first two seasons at Chattanooga.

Coleman will play for the East squad under 26-year coaching veteran Bobby Ross and alongside such FCS players as Columbia offensive tackle Jeff Adams, Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford, Presbyterian cornerback Justin Bethel, The Citadel wide receiver Kevin Hardy, Massachusetts tight end Emil Igwenagu, Hampton cornerback Micah Pellerin and South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson.

The West squad, coached by 21-year veteran Brad Childress, includes South Dakota offensive tackle Tom Compton and South Dakota State wide receiver Dale Moss.

After their senior seasons, Benford and Bethel were named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America second team. Compton was a third-team selection.

The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game.