ROCKAWAY, N.J. (May 19, 2015) – Seventeen of North Carolina’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents on Saturday, January 9, 2016, in the annual East vs. West match-up, televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the Nation – the U.S. Army,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability the athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with U.S. Army Soldiers. We look forward to the 2016 Army All-American Bowl program that includes more than 200 events across the country and culminates in San Antonio during game week.”
A list of the nominees can be accessed at http://www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com. Below are the 17 North Carolina nominees.
Last Name First Name Position High School Name High School City
Brown, Josh D LMallard Creek High School Charlotte
Deablo, Divine WR Mount Tabor High School Winston-Salem
Duck, Clifton DB Butler High School Matthews
Emmons, B.J. RB Freedom High School Morganton
Freeman, C.J. RB Northern Guilford High Schoo lGreensboro
Joyner, Keion LB Havelock High School Havelock
Kendall, Austin QB Cuthbertson High School Waxhaw
Lawrence, Dexter DL Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Wake Forest
LeMay, Benjamin RB Butler High School Matthews
Neal, Moe RB Forestview High School Gastonia
Okwara, Julian LB Ardry Kell High School Charlotte
Osborne, Marquill DB Hough High School Cornelius
Overton, Diondre WR Page High School Greensboro
Pollard, Sean OL Southern Pines High School Southern Pines
Powell, Cornell WR Junius H. Rose High School Greenville
Washington, Robert RB Southlake Christian Academy Huntersville
Williams, Antonio RB North Stanly High School New London
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports, and XOS Digital, and All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be ultimately selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
For 16 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans, and a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 35,687 to the Alamodome.