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U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2017 East Roster

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The premier high school All-American game, takes place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Alamodome. The game welcomes 100 of the nation’s top high school football players in an East-versus-West rivalry.

The U.S. Army Bowl boasts an alumni class of Heisman Trophy winners and over 200 current NFL players, such as Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham Jr., and Ezekiel Elliott.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be live on NBC and NBC Sports Live at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Here’s a look at the East roster, the West roster can be viewed here.

Number First Name Last Name Position High School City State
1 D.D. Bowie WR Morton HS Morton MS
2 Hamsah Nasirildeen DB Concord HS Concord NC
3 Cam Akers RB Clinton HS Clinton MS
4 Richard LeCounte DB Liberty County HS Hinesville GA
5 Mike Harley WR St. Tomas Aquinas HS Fort Lauderdale FL
6 Jacob Phillips LB East Nashville Magnet HS Nashville TN
7 D’Andre Swift RB St. Joseph’s Preparatory School Philadelphia PA
8 OrTre Smith WR Wando HS Mt. Pleasant SC
9 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR Cass Tech HS Detroit MI
10 Willie Gay LB Starkville HS Starkville MS
11 Jake Fromm QB Houston County HS Warner Robbins GA
12 Tua Tagovailoa QB Saint Louis School Honolulu HI
13 Nate McBride LB Starkville HS Starkville MS
14 Tray Bishop DB Terrell County HS Dawson GA
15 Hunter Johnson QB Brownsburg HS Brownsburg IN
16 Davis Mills QB Greater Atlanta Christian School Norcross GA
17 Tarik Black WR Chesire Academy Chesire CT
18 Jeremiah Holloman WR Newton HS Covington GA
20 Jarez Parks DL Sebastian River HS Sebastian FL
21 Donovan Johnson DB Cass Tech HS Detroit MI
22 Ty Chandler RB Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville TN
23 Montaric Brown DB Ashdown HS Ashdown AR
24 Chase Young DL Dematha Catholic HS Hyattsville MD
25 Shaun Wade DB Trinity Christian HS Jacksonville FL
27 Henry Ruggs WR Robert E. Lee HS Montgomery AL
27 Ambry Thomas DB Martin Luther King HS Detroit MI
29 D.J. Matthews WR Trinity Christian HS Jacksonville FL
30 Tadarian Moultry LB P.D. Jackson-Olin HS Birmingham AL
31 Devon Hunter DB Indian River HS Chesapeake VA
35 Justin Foster LB Crest HS Shelby NC
42 Tucker Day P Brentwood HS Brentwood TN
52 Deron Irving-Bey DL Southwest Commencement HS Flint MI
53 Mitch Hall LS Clayton HS Clayton NC
54 Andrew Thomas OL Pace Academy Atlanta GA
55 Ja’len Parks DL Newberry HS Newberry FL
56 Creed Humphrey OL Shawnee HS Shawnee OK
58 Josh Meyers OL Miamisburg HS Miamisburg OH
59 Jordan Williams DL Frank W. Cox HS Virginia Beach VA
60 Kendall Randolph OL Bob Jones HS Madison AL
67 Joshua Lugg OL North Allegheny HS Wexford PA
68 Nick Brahms OL Navarre HS Navarre FL
72 Netori Johnson OL Cedar Grove HS Ellenwood NJ
77 Tedarrell Slaton Jr. OL American Heritage HS Plantation FL
78 D’Antne Demery OL Brunswick HS Brunswick GA
80 Cole Kmet TE St. Viator HS Arlington Heights IL
91 Aubrey Solomon DL Lee County HS Leesburg GA
97 Joseph Bulovas K Mandeville HS Mandeville LA
98 Rutger Reitmaier DL Lipscomb Academy Nashville TN
99 A.J. Epenesa DL Edwardsville HS Edwardsville IL


College football players left in limbo as seasons get pushed

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Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is ready to play football next month.

Or in the winter. Or even the spring.

He just wants to pull on his shoulder pads one last time, run onto the field in front of thousands of adoring fans, and experience the thrill of college football. It doesn’t matter much to Thompson whether flurries are flying or birds are chirping, he just wants an opportunity that the spread of COVID-19 is threatening to take away from him.

“I just want to play football, whenever that time may be,” Thompson said. “I just want to get the ball in my hands and compete. That’s all that worries me is I just want to play football, whenever that time is. Whenever is right.”

Thompson was speaking Tuesday, just as the Big Ten was announcing the cancellation of fall sports and exploring the option of playing football in the spring. Word soon trickled out that the Pac-12 would be following suit, joining mid-majors such as the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West in punting on a traditional college football season.

The Big 12, where the Wildcats play, had not yet made a decision. But as the dominoes begin falling across college sports, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that any of the Power Five schools step on the field next month.

“I want people to be safe. I’m not oblivious to what’s going on,” Thompson said. “But the end of the day, speaking for everybody, it would be nice to have answers, and not just have things pushed around. There’s so much uncertainty every single day – how things can change in 24 hours – it’s very hard on a player. I think if we were just to get some answers, we would be able to process what that would look like, whether that’s what we want or not.”

Many high-profile college players, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, have made it clear they want to play this fall. Lawrence was joined by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard and numerous players from Florida State, Oregon and other high-profile schools over the weekend in using their social media accounts in an attempt to save the fall season – and be part of the decision-making process.

“We all want to play sports this fall. Every athlete, I’m pretty sure, wants to play their sports,” Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds said. “They just want to do so safely.”

President Trump even weighed in on the controversy Tuesday, repeating his call for football to happen this fall.

But the decision rests not in the hands of players or politicians but those of university presidents, who must weigh the health and safety of their students against other considerations, among them the significant financial repercussions of not having a college football season.

“This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “We know nothing will ease that.”

Pac-12 players at least know they won’t be playing this fall. The spotlight now turns to leagues that have yet to make a decision, and then to all administrators again as they begin wrestling with the prospects of spring football.

“It’s been a hard road not knowing whether we’re going to play or not,” said Kansas State linebacker Justin Hughes, who was looking forward to his senior season after missing much of last year to a knee injury.

“We have one last go-around. Don’t take it away from us – a year away from us – because there’s a tragedy going on right now,” Hughes said. “We want to do the thing we love safely, and whatever it takes to do that we’ll do it.”

Simply pushing college football to the spring is hardly a cut-and-dried answer. Nobody knows whether there will better treatments or even a vaccine by then, and the state of the world could be much the same as it is right now. And for those players who have NFL aspirations – Lawrence, Hubbard and many others – the prospects of risking injury by playing up until the draft almost certainly means many high-profile stars will ultimately opt out.

No wonder the fear among many college football players is not just of a lost fall but a lost season entirely.

“I need this season. This is my last season,” said Syracuse tight end Chris Elmore, who was awaiting word from the Atlantic Coast Conference on whether it will play this fall. “This could be a make-or-break for me to see whether I go to the next level or not. I’m committed to playing until they pull the plug on me.”

SEC, ACC, Big 12 still hoping to play football this fall

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And then there were three.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference were still moving forward Tuesday with plans for a fall college football season even as two other Power Five leagues, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, called things off.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said he wanted to learn more about the factors that led the Big Ten and Pac-12 decisions. Sankey said he remained comfortable with the 14-member conference’s approach.

“We will continue to further refine our policies and protocols for a safe return to sports as we monitor developments around COVID-19 in a continued effort to support, educate and care for our student-athletes every day,” Sankey said in a statement.

The ACC said it would continue to make decisions based on advice from its medical advisers and state and local health officials.

“We will continue to follow our process that has been in place for months and has served us well. We understand the need to stay flexible and be prepared to adjust as medical information and the landscape evolves,” the league said in a statement.

The Big 12 Board of Directors was meeting Tuesday evening.

The Big Ten’s announcement that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester came first. An hour later, the Pac-12 said all sports in its conference would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball.