Six LSU players in all-star football games

BATON ROUGE – A pair of LSU players will take part in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday in Orlando as offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale and wide receiver Terrence Toliver will both participate in the all-star game.

Kickoff for the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday from the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game, which is the longest running college football all-star game, will be televised by the NFL Network.

Barksdale, a 3-year starter at offensive tackle for the Tigers, will wear No. 77 and play for the West squad, while Tolliver will wear No. 80 and will suit up for the East team.

In four years with the Tigers, Barksdale played in 53 games, starting 39 times. He closed out his career with a streak of 39 straight starts – 26 at right tackle and 13 at left tackle. Barksdale earned second team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior in 2010.

Toliver, who played in 53 games with 29 starts, played perhaps the best game of his career in his final contest as a Tiger. Toliver was named the Cotton Bowl's Offensive Most Outstanding Player in the 41-24 win over Texas A&M after catching five passes for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.

Toliver finished his career at LSU with 126 receptions for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, Toliver led the Tigers with 41 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns.

LSU currently has six players scheduled to take part in all-star games as linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, kicker Josh Jasper and defensive tackle Drake Nevis are all playing in the Senior Bowl next week in Mobile, while Lazarius Levingston has been invited to the Eastham Energy College Football All-Star Game in Tempe, Ariz..

LSU Football Players in All-Star Games

Player                                    Pos.        Game                                    Site                         Date/TV

Joseph Barksdale               OT          East-West Shrine               Orlando, Fla.       Jan. 22/NFL Network

Josh Jasper                           PK/P     Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network

Lazarius Levingston        DL          Eastham Energy                Tempe, Ariz.       Jan. 23/Fox College Sports

Drake Nevis                        DT          Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network

Terrence Toliver                 WR         East-West Shrine               Orlando, Fla.       Jan. 22/NFL Network

Kelvin Sheppard               LB           Senior Bowl                         Mobile, Ala.         Jan. 29/NFL Network