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    Georgia offensive guard Chris Burnette (68) catches his breath during a NCAA football game against South Carolina in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (photo/David C Bristow, dbristow65@gmail.com)

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 7:15 pm | Updated: 7:29 pm, Mon Jan 6, 2014.

Georgia senior guard Chris Burnette has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl.

The bowl’s 89th game will be played on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on NFL Network. The LaGrange Ga., native started all 13 games this season, and has started 37 over the last four years. Burnette was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Bulldogs’ 34-31 win at Tennessee where he graded out at 82 percent with six dominator blocks.

Burnette will be the 32nd Georgia player to be represented in the East-West Shrine Game, and it will be the third year that a Georgia player is present. Blair Walsh, DeAngelo Tyson and Bruce Figgins were invited in 2012, and Branden Smith played in the game last year.

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