Romine and Trattou Captain Respective Teams

SAN ANTONIO - When the Herman Boone Trophy got to offensive lineman Matt Romine, he hoisted it up and kissed it, celebrating the West's 24-7 victory over the East in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Saturday afternoon at the Alamo Dome. Romine, who verbally committed to the Irish before kickoff, was named a captain for the west team.

Romine shared the captain duties with defensive lineman Everson Griffen, linebacker Chris Gallipo and tight end Ian Harris.

"It was a great honor," said Romine, who picked the Irish over in-state school Oklahoma and Miami. "Whenever they told me on Wednesday, I kind of sat back and it kind of sunk in that I was a captain of the West All-American team. Just like being selected for this game, it was a great honor.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Romine lined up at mostly right guard, even though he'd like to play tackle when arriving in South Bend. He played a little left tackle to end the first half, and was in the game on all five of the West's scoring drives.

"That's what Scout.com has me rated at, and I guess that's where they wanted me to play this game," said Romine. I'm up for that, I'm up for whatever gets me in the game and helps the team. I'm proud of that, that I did what's best for the team."

*Notre Dame commit Justin Trattou can also be proud, as he was named one of the four captains of the East team. The other captains were offensive lineman Ryan Pugh, receiver Arrelious Benn and cornerback Eric Berry.

"The whole week of practice I was working real hard, competing pretty well, holding my own and winning most of the battles," said Trattou, who was playing in the game for his Don Bosco Prep coach Greg Toal. "It shows a lot to me that my teammates appreciated that, and I wish them all the best in college no matter where they go."

Trattou didn't record a tackle as a starter, but he tipped a third-down pass of future Irish teammate Jimmy Clausen, forcing the West to settle for three points. He also recovered a Clausen fumble with a little over three minutes in the game, giving his team the ball at the West 31-yard line.

"That was a big play in the game," Trattou said. "Our offense was struggling a little bit, and I was trying to set them up to get a score."

That set up the only points in the game for the East. Will Korn found Notre Dame commit Greg Little in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown.

Trattou now has a taste for what its going to be like for him at Notre Dame.

"It was a tough week of practice and I wanted to get ready for this game," he said. "If you work hard, at the end of the week I think it pays off. I think I played decently well. I'd like to win, but it was great playing with this high competition."

*On Friday night, Clausen was awarded the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, at a formal banquet. He was selected over Washington D.C. defensive lineman Marvin Austin, Texarkana, Texas quarterback Ryan Mallett, Piscataway, N.J. offensive lineman Anthony Davis and River Ridge, La. running back Joe McKnight.

For his career at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., Clausen threw for over 117 touchdowns and 8,660 yards.

"It was a great honor, and every single one of these guys here should've won that award," Clausen said. "To be up for something like that and to win something like that, it's just great."

*At the same banquet on Friday, Notre Dame linebacker commit Aaron Nagel was named the winner of the Doc Blanchard Award, given to the player on the East team that best epitomizes the Army's high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction.


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