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Joshua Cephus set for East-West Shrine Bowl on Thursday night

FRISCO, Texas — Former UTSA wide receiver Joshua Cephus is set to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl on Feb. 1, at The Ford Center at The Star. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

This will mark the second postseason all-star game for Cephus, who also played in the Hula Bowl on Jan. 13 in Orlando, Florida.

Cephus, the 2023 Frisco Bowl Offensive MVP, will suit up for the West team, which will be coached by current New York Giasnts offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.

Cephus wrapped up his fifth and final season as a Roadrunner by catching seven passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to help guide UTSA to its first bowl win with a 35-17 victory over Marshall on Dec. 19 in Frisco. His 44-yard catch-and-run down the right sideline midway through the second quarter helped the Roadrunners rally from a 14-0 deficit and knot the score at 14-all.

The Houston native ended the 2023 season with 89 receptions for a school-record 1,151 yards and 10 TDs en route to first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades. Cephus finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in receptions with 313 and receiving yards with 3,639 to go along with 28 touchdowns.

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Bowl has benefited Shriners Children’s and its mission while showcasing the next generation of NFL legends. An invitation to take part in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best senior collegiate football all-stars in the country to showcase their talents in front of top representatives of NFL teams. A strong performance in the game greatly impacts a player’s chances of a career in the NFL. Many of professional football’s most recognized and decorated players, including Tom Brady, Walter Payton, Lawrence Taylor, John Elway, Gale Sayers and Jimmy Garoppolo, played in the East-West Shrine Bowl.