Mitchell Invited To East-West Shrine Game

RENO, Nev. Nevada wide receiver Marko Mitchell has been invited to play in the 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game, Nevada coach Chris Ault said Wednesday.

Mitchell is the second Wolf Pack player invited to the game this year, joining senior linebacker Joshua Mauga.

“We are very excited for Marko,” Ault said. “This is a great honor for him and this program. He has worked hard and is certainly deserving of this opportunity.

Mitchell leads the Wolf Pack with 50 catches for 858 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He is second in the Western Athletic Conference, and 38th nationally, in receiving yards per game at 78.0 rpg. He ranks 10th in Wolf Pack history in career receiving yards with 2,480 in his three-year career. He is also ninth at Nevada in career receiving touchdowns with 19.

“Marko has been a quality member of our program for three years and he’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” wide receivers coach Scott Baumgartner said of Mitchell, who will receive his degree next month. “Marko is a good player and a good person and I’m very happy for him.”

This year’s East-West Shrine Game will be played Jan. 17 at the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium.

Mitchell and Mauga are part of a long list of Nevada players who have been invited to the game in years past. That group includes wide receiver Nate Burleson, offensive lineman Harvey Dahl, linebacker Jorge Cordova and quarterback Jeff Rowe.

Nevada, which is bowl eligible for the fourth straight season, concludes the regular season on Saturday at Louisiana Tech.



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