Finney Accepts Invitation to East-West Shrine Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State senior center B.J. Finney will participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game on January 17, 2015, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. (CT) and be televised by NFL Network.

Finney, who has started all 51 career games at K-State, is the first Wildcat to play in the game since Tysyn Hartman following the 2011 season. He joins Tyler Lockett (Senior Bowl) as K-State seniors who are playing in postseason all-star games, but more could be announced at a later date.

The 2014 Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year, Finney was a Rimington Trophy finalist as the nation's top center and a First Team All-Big 12 selection. He also earned All-America honors from USA Today (second team), Athlon (third team) and Sports Illustrated (honorable mention).

Finney is one of just three players in school history to earn all-conference honors in four consecutive seasons as he has been named a first-team member each of the last three years. He is the first offensive lineman in school history and the fifth player overall to be named a team captain three times.

No. 11 Kansas State (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) will take on No. 14 UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday, January 2, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game kicks off at 5:45 p.m., and will be televised nationally by ESPN. The game can also be heard across the K-State Sports Network and will be carried nationally on ESPN Radio.
Fans can order tickets through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS. Fans are strongly encouraged to order through K-State's official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium.