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December 8, 2011
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour came to an end on Thursday with the last stop coming in Euless, Texas. Trinity High School, one of the top programs in the nation, played host to the group as they honored the newest All-American during a ceremony at the school.
Trinity linebacker Brian Nance, ranked as the No. 140 overall prospect in the country, was the final player to be awarded his All-American jersey. With his senior season coming to an earlier end than expected due to an upset loss in the playoffs, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defender still has another game to look forward to.
"I just can't wait to go out there and prove to everybody what I've got," Nance said. "I feel like I have to represent my school and show everybody what Trinity football is about. Our season ended on a bit of a sour note so it's nice to have this game."
Though it became official during Thursday's ceremony, Nance actually found out about the invitation over the summer.
"It was an honor," he said. "I know that it's only the top players in the country that get to go. It's not easy to earn a spot as an All-American. A lot of people are all-district or all-state but not many are All-Americans. It's an extra honor."
In a game that attracts the best of the best from every region of the country, there is certainly going to be a lot of talent on display. Nance is familiar with many of his teammates and opponents for the week and is looking forward to going against them in practice and the game.
"It's going to be fun to get to compete against guys from all over the country," he said. "These are guys I've read about online and stuff, and it will be interesting to see just how good they are and just how good I am."
The bowl is in its 12th year with alumni from the game currently all over NFL and NCAA rosters. Nance says he is familiar with the game's history.
"I watch it ever year," he said. "There are a lot of good players I've watched play in it. I watched Vince Young and Tim Tebow and a bunch of other guys. I still can't believe it myself that I'm going to get a chance to do what they did."
"I'm taking all my visits between now and signing day. I'm not going anywhere this weekend. I'm going to Nebraska next weekend with my teammate, Polo Manukainiu. After I come back from San Antonio I'm going to go to Cali and Waco."
Nance and the West team take on the East in the 12th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be nationally televised on NBC.