Jan. 17, 2009
HOUSTON -- Both DT Roy Miller and CB Ryan Palmer performed well in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, but their West team fell to the East, 24-19.
Miller and Palmer made their presence felt early, helping force a three and out on the East's opening drive with Miller notching a solo tackle on second down and Palmer recording a PBU on third down.
"It was a great week," Miller said. "I really wanted to come out and show the coaches and scouts my energy and work ethic, and I think I did that. We had a good week of practices and the coaches told me I improved each day. It would have been good to get a win, but I think I did what I set out to do."
Unofficially, Miller finished with seven tackles, including three solo stops, while Palmer had one solo tackle and two PBU. All three of the East's touchdowns came on rushing plays while Miller was not in the game, and he was also not in the game for Offensive MVP Marlon Lucky's 47-yard run in the second quarter.
The West had opportunities on both its opening drive, which ended in a goal-line stand by the East, and its final drive, failing to convert on fourth-and-goal on its last play.
OG Cedric Dockery participated in practices during the week, but did not participate in the game.