INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will have one of their coaches receiving a tremendous up-close look at college prospects next week.
Running backs coach Jemal Singleton will coach in the East-West Shrine Game, one of college football's most historic all-star games.
Singleton will take part in a weeklong of practices beginning Monday. He will also coach in the 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 3:00 p.m. in St. Petersburg, FL.
Outside of the Senior Bowl (taking place on Jan. 28), the East-West Shrine Game is probably the second biggest college all-star game.
Last year, more than 70 percent of the East-West Shrine Game players went on to make an NFL roster.
The inclusion of Singleton on the coaching staff will be a benefit to the Colts evaluating prospects.
Specifically at running back, Singleton will have a hands-on experience with a position group that the Colts should be in the market for, as they search for Frank Gore's eventual replacement.
The 2016 season was Singleton's first in the NFL. Prior to joining the Colts in 2016, Singleton spent 16 years coaching college football.
Here is more on how coaches are picked for the East-West Shrine Game:
*At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL's General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.
Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.*
The East-West Shrine Game will air Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on NFL Network. Here's a look at the 2017 rosters for the game.