DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior kicker Ross Martin and redshirt senior punter Will Monday have accepted invitations to play in the 91st annual East-West Shrine Game. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network and on the EWSG Radio Network, hosted by TuneIn Radio. The two Blue Devils are the 39th and 40th in program history to take part in the contest. It is the first time Duke has had two participants at the event since Ryan Fowler and Drew Strojny attended in 2003.
A 5-9, 185-pound native of Solon, Ohio, Martin leads Duke with 106 total points this season via a school single-season record 23 field goals in 27 attempts along with all 37 of his PAT tries. In the league, he ranks second in field goals per game (1.92), third in field goal percentage (.852) and tied for fifth in points per game (8.83). Earlier this month, Martin earned his fourth consecutive All-ACC selection.
In his career, Martin has played in 51 games and owns 407 points with 73 field goals made in 87 attempts and 188 extra points. He will leave the Blue Devils owning program records in points, PATs, consecutive PATs (147), field goals and 50+ yard field goals (seven). Martin enters the New Era Pinstripe Bowl ranking second in ACC history in career points, third in field goals and fifth in PATs. Among NCAA active kickers, Martin is tied for first in field goals, second in points and sixth in PATs.
Monday, a 6-4, 210-pound native of Flowery Branch, Ga., has punted 60 times for 2,616 yards and a 43.60 yards per kick average while downing 29 boots inside the opponent 20 yard line this season. In addition, he has compiled a league-high 19 punts of 50-plus yards. Monday also earned his fourth All-ACC honor this past week.
On Duke’s all-time charts, Monday currently ranks first in punting average (43.49) and second in both punting yards (11,089) and total punts (255). He stands seventh in ACC history in total yards while checking in 10th in average.
Created by the Shriners in 1925, the East-West Shrine Game was the nation’s first college all-star football game. The game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. More than 1 million children have benefited from Shriners Hospitals’ unique way of providing hope and healing, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services.