Baker Named U.S. Army All-American

JAMESTOWN, North Carolina (October 19, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Toney Baker of Jamestown, North Carolina has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Baker will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. On hand to help celebrate the selection at Ragsdale High School was Brad Hoover of the Carolina Panthers.

"It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American," said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command of Toney Baker. "He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January's game.

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Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,' recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans."

Baker is a standout running back at Ragsdale High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Team made up of representatives of, the web's largest independent sports network, and Tom Lemming of ESPN Sports and USA Today.

"The Tar Heel State always seems to produce elite running backs, and it will do so again in 2005. At 5-10 and 218 pounds, Baker is a hard runner with power and speed. He's a down hill guy that can move a pile, and is the type of back who gets stronger as a game progresses. Baker also can protect the quarterback and catch the ball out of the backfield," said Jamie Newberg, National Analyst for

As a U.S. Army All-American Baker also has the potential to be named a finalist for the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award honoring the nation's best prep football player at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 14, 2005 in San Antonio. The Ken "The Sugarland Express" Hall Trophy is the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy and is named after record setting running back Ken Hall of Sugarland, Texas.

Toney Baker Press Conference*

Toney Baker Video Interview Post Press Conference

Ragsdale head coach Tommy Norwood Video Interview

Toney Baker Junior Highlight Reel

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Toney Baker accepting the nomination with his parents at his side.

Toney Baker with head coach Tommy Norwood

Toney Baker with Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover

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