By U.S. Navy Petty Officer William Selby
The selection committee for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has selected seven finalists to be considered for the U.S. Army player of the year award. The prestigious award is given to the nation’s most outstanding high school football player, who will be presented with the Ken Hall Trophy during the U.S. Army Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 9, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas.
“Every U.S. Army All-American reflects the characteristics found in the Army Strong Soldier and possesses a mental, emotional and physical strength like no other,” said Col. Derik Crotts, Director, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “These six finalists have distinguished themselves even further through their on-field leadership. We are proud to recognize them as U.S. Army Player of the Year Award finalists.”
The seven finalists for the award are running back Dillon Baxter of Mission Bay High School, offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, running back Marcus Lattimore of Byrnes High School, defensive lineman Ronald Powell of Rancho Verde High School, wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West High School, running back Silas Redd of King and Low Heywood Thomas High School, and wide receiver Robert Woods of Junipero Serra High School.
The selection process for the 10th anniversary of the All-American Bowl began this fall by coaches and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection committee.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been considered by many to be a launching pad for high school football stars. Several of the past stars of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl have gone on to do great things in college and professional football, including Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, and more.
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