Bowl Makes A "Strong" Pick

BATESVILLE, MISS. --'s #5 linebacker in the country was honored today by the U.S. Army All-American committee as Chris Strong was selected to participate in the Army All-American game on January 6, 2007 at the Alamo Dome on NBC.

"I was shocked when they called to tell me I made it. I just got up and hugged my mother. We gave each other a big hug and then I called my teammates. To be able to represent my school, community, and my state is an unbelievable feeling. I owe all of this to my teammates and coaches. Without them, I really would not be here," added the always easy going, Chris Strong.

The 6' 3", 260 pounder from South Panola has helped his team to a 51 game winning streak. They have a chance to break the state record for consecutive wins Friday against Columbus.

"That was a big goal of ours going into the season. We wanted to be known as the best team ever in Mississippi, and we also wanted to win four championships in a row."

Never losing a game during one's career is almost unimaginable, but Strong believes this streak could continue well after he his career at South Panola is over.

"We just have such a good program here. It all starts with Coach Woods and filters on down to the assistants and players. This program is very dedicated to winning. We also have some great athletes here too."

Chris was well known going into his senior campaign, as he was Mississippi's only junior to be named to the Clarion Ledger's 1st Team All-State squad. Strong was also an All-South selection by the Orlando Sentinal and a Prep Star All-America as just a junior.

"Chris Strong might very well be the top linebacker prospect in the country," said Garrett Shea, Director of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "He dominates just about every play, running down every back he goes up against, and proving to be nearly unblockable. In addition, he is a sure tackler with great size and quickness, while playing with the defensive toughness necessary to play the linebacker position. Chris Strong is a tremendous all-around athlete and the Bowl is proud to have him join the U.S. Army All-American class of 2007."

Strong will follow in the footsteps of Eddie Strong, Chris's uncle, to the University of Mississippi next season.

"When I tore my ACL in 10th grade, Ole Miss was the only one who kept writing me letters. I have family over there. I know all of the ropes and what to do and not to do. It is close to home and in the SEC. That is where I got to go. Tell all the Ole Miss fans Hotty Toddy, and I will definitely be there."

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