USC's Thompson to play in East-West Shrine Game

South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson will play in the East-West Shrine Game. (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

COLUMBIA - Dylan Thompson's career at South Carolina may be over, but the Gamecocks quarterback still has one college game left to play.

USC announced Monday that the senior from Boiling Springs would play in the 90th annual East-West Shrine Game, set for Jan. 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The longest-running college all-star game in America, the contest also serves as a showcase for players hoping for a final opportunity to impress professional scouts.

Thompson, who passed for a school-record 3,574 yards in a 7-6 campaign which concluded with a victory over Miami in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27, will be one of three quarterbacks on the West team, joining Nevada's Cody Fajardo and Arizona State's Kelly Taylor. The 4 p.m. game will be televised by NFL Network.

Thompson is one of three Gamecocks who will play in all-star games this month. Receiver Damiere Byrd and defensive back Brison Williams will participate in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. Medal of Honor Bowl, which will be held at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston. That game will be aired by NBC Sports Network.