Roark anticipating national stage

For some, the honor of being nominated to compete in such a game like the U.S. Army All-American game is enough. For others, it is sort of a proving ground that they are not only worthy of the honor, but should belong there.

For Craig Roark, he wants to dominate in the game. The offensive lineman from Ada (Okla.) High School has seen his fair sure of not getting the respect that he might deserve when it comes to the football field.

For starters the knock on Roark was that he wasn't tall enough. That ultimately led to him not getting an offer from in-state schools, but lured some of the nation's best programs to Ada to see and ultimately offer Roark.

He was told by some that he was 6-foot-2, thought that he was 6-foot-3 and then was told on his official to Nebraska that he was actually 6-foot-4. It's obvious that he may still have some growing left to do judging by the size 15 shoe that he wears.

"I have been working out during Christmas break," Roark said. "I am pumped about getting down to San Antonio to play in the game."

There were the snubs that he received in-state when it came to not offering Roark. What may have been the biggest snub was not being named all-state by some of the media in Oklahoma.

Craig and his brother Chad were two of the biggest leaders on the Ada team that led them well into the playoffs this past season in class 4A ball. Craig by far led his team with 208 total pancakes on the season. Just one more reason to want that national stage to demonstrate his ability.

Another area that Craig has exceeded, and is just now getting some of the credit that he deserves, is in the classroom. He just was named a part of the All-American Scholar Program.

"It's a program that is based solely on academics. There is no athletic involvements in the honor what so ever. It's based on my grades and a nomination from a faculty member to get this consideration."

For those that doubt Craig Roark, it is probably just what he wants. He seems to excel in those types of situations. Some when they are in the senior years forget about academics, but for Roark it was integral part of this year.

All of the others can continue to doubt and Roark will prove them wrong. The Husker Nation and coaches don't doubt him. In fact, he is one of the most anticipated additions to the team for next year according to some. An addition that everyone will see compete at his highest level on a national stage in San Antonio later this month.

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