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Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 11.17

Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo runs for extra yardage against Michigan State as snow falls Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost said this fall that he thinks senior running back Devine Ozigbo is, "a Sunday guy." 

Ozigbo will get a chance to show why in front of many NFL talent evaluators this weekend as he accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The all-star game's official Twitter account announced that on Monday evening. The game is Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. 

The Sachse, Texas, native has been building his resume for months already, putting together easily his best college season in his final year. 

Ozigbo rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games but didn't assume the starting role until Week 4. He was efficient in becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher at Nebraska since Ameer Abdullah in 2014, doing it in just 155 carries and averaging nearly 7 per. His 6.98 per carry mark was fourth in the Big Ten among players with at least 100 yards. 

He showed good receiving skills, too, adding 203 yards on 23 grabs. 

That Ozigbo is in this position at all is due to a well-documented surge in strength and conditioning and speed. His 1,082 yards as a senior nearly matched his total from his first three years in Lincoln (1,114). 

Ozigbo is the second Husker senior known to be playing in an all-star game. Inside linebacker Dedrick Young is taking part in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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