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Texas High QB Finalist For National Player of the Year Award

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (November 15, 2006) - Ryan Mallet, quarterback out of Texarkana, Texas, is among 16 prep stars from around the country who is a candidate for the coveted U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.

The U.S. Army and SportsLink, Inc., producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, have announced the nominees for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award. Equivalent to college's football's Heisman Trophy, these 16 high school athletes from around the country are in contention for high school football's highest honor. Ken "Sugar Land Express" Hall, high school football's all-time leading rusher, officially announced the 16 nominees during a luncheon at the Rotary Club of San Antonio on Wednesday Nov. 15.  These nominees join an elite group of high school athletes, including past nominees for the award, Reggie Bush, Brian Brohm, and Brady Quinn.

The winner of the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award will be presented the Ken Hall Trophy on January 5, 2007 at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner. In the weeks ahead, the list will be narrowed down to a few finalists who will be invited to New York City in mid December as part of a national press tour.

The Nominees Include:

Will Korn, quarterback, Duncan, SC; Chris Strong, linebacker, Batesville, MS; Major Wright, defensive back, Fort Lauderdale; Martez Wilson, defensive line, Chicago; Anthony Davis, offensive line, Piscataway; John Brantley, quarterback, Ocala, Fl; Chris Galippo, linebacker, Anaheim, CA; Joseph Barksdale, defensive line, Detroit; Jimmy Clausen, quarterback, Westlake Village, CA; Marvin Austin, defensive line, Washington, D.C.; Joe McKnight, running back, New Orleans; Ryan Mallet, quarterback, Texarkana, Texas; John Clay, running back, Racine, WI; Arrelious Benn, wide receiver, Washington, D.C.; Marc Tyler, running back, Westlake Village, CA; and Noel Devine, running back, North Fort Myers, Fl. 

The 2007 U.S. Army Player of the Year will receive a trophy fashioned in the likeness of Ken "Sugar Land Express" Hall. In 1953, at Sugar Land High School in Sugar Land, Texas, Hall set the national career prep rushing record with 11,232 yards. ESPN ranks Ken Hall as high school football's all-time greatest player, due largely in part to the school-boy record that has stood for the past 51 years.

Past winners of the U.S. Army Player of the Year include:


  • 2001: Kevin Jones, running back, Detroit Lions
  • 2002: Lorenzo Booker, running back, Florida State
  • 2003: Chris Leak, quarterback, Florida
  • 2004: Adrian Peterson, running back, Oklahoma
  • 2005: Ryan Perrilloux, quarterback, LSU
  • 2006: Mitch Mustain, quarterback, Arkansas


The featured speaker at this year's All-America Awards dinner will be football legend and Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle, Anthony Munoz.  Along with the presentation of the U.S. Army Player of the Year, Bowl Week will also include the U.S. Army National Combine featuring the country's top underclassmen, and the U.S. Army Cheer Bowl. All 16 nominees will play in the seventh annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. (EST) and will feature the nation's top 80 high school football athletes.

Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been a key launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. The 16 join the likes of Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Brady Quinn, and Adrian Peterson who all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.  For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, alumni, coaches, awards, and other Bowl Week events please visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com
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