Six Oregonians considered for US Army Game

According to a release by the organizers of the US Army All-American Bowl game, six Oregonians are being considered for selection to the 2011 annual event to be held at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, Texas. All six players are entering the senior year of high school and if chosen would play in the game held January 8, 2011.

The six players are Colt Lyerla, Hillsboro HS, Austin Kent, Lake Oswego HS, Tyson Coleman, Lake Oswego HS, Brennan Scarlett, Central Catholic HS (Portland), Alex Mitchell, Jefferson HS (Portland) and Kraig Akins, Thurston HS (Springfield).

Coleman, 6-2, 195, is a 4-star safety and has verbally committed to Oregon. Lyerla, 6-5, 225, is a 5-star player, ranked third nationally as a defensive end. Scarlett, 6-4, 245 is a 4-star defensive end, ranked 16th nationally at his position by Mitchell, 6-3, 315 is rated 3-stars by Scout and the 32nd ranked offensive guard. Neither Kent nor Akins have yet been rated by Scout.

Lyerla, Coleman and Scarlett have all been offered by the Ducks and all have attended many Oregon practices and games at Autzen Stadium.

In a media release the Bowl organizers indicated that the players were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games' network of regional directors throughout the country, and Tom Lemming. Of the 400+ nominees, 90 will ultimately be selected and invited to this year's game. The next step for these nominees will occur in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. The tour, running through December, will occur nation-wide during which the final players will be announced.

"The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young adults to reflect the strength of Army Strong Soldiers," said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command, in the media release. "This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths and leadership qualities that these players have developed on and off the field. The Army is proud to be a partner of the game and congratulates all of the athletes on their nominations."

Several current Ducks participated in the San Antonio game including Cliff Harris, Jackson Rice, and Dior Mathis. Incoming freshmen, Curtis White, Lache Seastrunk. Ricky Heimuli and Keenan Lowe along with Mathis were selected for last year's game. Former Oregon greats Jonathan Stewart and Haloti Ngata along with Oregon alum Cameron Colvin played in past games.

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