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December 7, 2009

Donnal earns Army jersey

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Iowa Hawkeye commit Andrew Donnal is proud to be a U.S. Army All-American. His selection to the pretigious high school all-star game became official today at Anthony Wayne High School outside Toledo, Ohio.

The four-star prospect accepted the jersey in front of his family, coaches, teammates, and fellow students, and described why he is honored to be in the game.

"Here at Anthony Wayne, we are a ground team," Donnal said. "We run the ball hard. That is what we are known for. It is a great honor for me to be selected to a game that is represented by the Army, the greatest ground force in the world. That meant a lot to me."

Check out Greg Ladky's video interview with Donnal

Hard work and effort are two of Donnal's best attributes. The 6-foot-7 prospect played both ways this season for the Wayne Generals, something you rarely see from a tall offensive tackle prospect.

"He is in good shape," Wayne Head Coach Craig Smith said. "Andrew is a high character kid. He has an outstanding work-ethic and it pays off on Friday nights. He just keeps working to get better and better and better."

"This is big for our school," Smith added. "To have a kid from Anthony Wayne High School in the most prestigious all-star game our there, it is just fantastic for our program."

Wayne's offensive line coach, Paul Amstutz, emphasized the qualities Andrew has as an Army All-American.

"Andrew played a pivotal part in leadership," Amstutz said. "He has the drive and motivation to go along with his physical skills, and he made sure everybody else did the same thing. He is there to lead everyone.

"Physically, they say he should not be able to play both ways, but he puts his mind to it and is able to do it."

Donnal is one of six Ohio selections for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He joins Cincinnati St. Xavier's Matt James, Princeton's Spencer Ware, and Glenville's dynamic defensive back duo of Christian Bryant and Latwan Anderson. Anderson's Andrew Norwell was selected for the game as well, but will not be able to play due to injury.

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