Jan. 14, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis center Marc Manfredda, who started his last 34 games as an Aggie, will cap an outstanding collegiate football career on Saturday when he participates in the prestigious 80th Annual East-West Shrine Game at SBC Park in San Francisco.
Manfredda, a 6-foot-4, 302-pound lineman from Eureka, is the eighth UC Davis football player to play in the all-star game and the third in the last four years. Fellow lineman Brad Lekkerkerker participated in the game last season while quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, now with the Green Bay Packers, played in 2002.
Other Aggies to play in the game were Steve Thompson (1990), Mike Wise (1986), Bo Eason (1984) and Mike Moroski (1979). Additionally, former UC Davis coach Jim Sochor coached in 1984 and 1986.
Manfredda began his week of preparation for Saturday's game joining team members from both the East and West squads at The Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento last Sunday, visiting children patients of the hospital. The game is played as a benefit to Shriner's Hospitals nationwide.
Manfredda enjoyed an standout career for UC Davis, ending his career by starting the last 34 games he played, the final 20 at center. He was named first-team All-Great West Football Conference this past season, was an All-Independent Football Alliance honorable mention in 2002 and was the team's winner of the T. Palmer Moody Award as oustanding sophomore that same year. As a freshman in 2000, he earned the program's George Belenis Award as outstanding redshirt.
Manfredda, one of four Aggie captains this year, graduated last month with his bachelor's degree in community and regional development. He will play on the West team, coached by Oregon State's Mike Riley.
Saturday's game kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.