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Penn State Center Juice Scruggs Receives East-West Shrine Bowl Invite

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Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Juice Scruggs (70) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

After a successful season, Penn State center Juice Scruggs received an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Scruggs was an anchor on the line that featured Olu Fashanu, Drew Shelton, Sam Wormley, Langdon Tengwall, Hunter Nourzad, JB Nelson, Bruce Effner, and Caeden Wallace all coming in and out of the lineup. With various injuries in the offensive line, Scruggs has been the one constant by giving up only one sack in 341 pass-blocking attempts.

He was on the preseason watchlist for the Dave Remington Award, awarded annually to the best center in college football, and was voted third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches this past season.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder from Ashtabula, Ohio, has come a long way since recovering from injuries in a 2019 car crash that put him in a back brace for eight months.

Although Scruggs played center at Penn State, he is capable of playing both guard positions as well. He is a good run blocker that can drive his opponents back in the running game and has underrated quickness and agility. Scouts believe he is best suited for a zone-blocking scheme at the NFL level.

Scruggs came into the season unranked as a pro prospect, but his play this past season only improved his stock, and he will look to improve it even more in the practices heading into the game and the game itself.

The East-West Shrine Bowl will take place on Feb 2, 2023, at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

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