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Maryland DT Darius Kilgo accepts invitation to East-West Shrine Game

Terps defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.
Terps defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. (Mark Konezny, USA Today Sports)

One of Maryland's top defensive players will be featured in one of the top postseason all-star games for outgoing college seniors.

Terps nose tackle Darius Kilgo, likely the best NFL prospect among Maryland's senior class, has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, the game's organizers announced Tuesday.

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A three-year starter, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Kilgo has 37 tackles, including seven for a loss, this season. The North Carolina native also has two sacks, a blocked kick, and he is tied for the Big Ten lead with three fumble recoveries.

Kilgo helped Maryland hold Penn State to 219 total yards during the Terps' 20-19 win Nov. 1 and was a factor in Maryland limiting the Big Ten's leader in total offense, Michigan State, to 16 offensive points through three-plus quarters Saturday.

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NFLDraftScout.com rates Kilgo as the 18th-best defensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL draft and projects him to be selected in the fifth or sixth round.

The East-West Shrine Game will be played Jan. 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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