West Adds QB, Kicker
Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez
US Army All-American Game
Posted Sep 24, 2004


Mark Sanchez of Mission Viejo, California, and Jordan Congdon of San Diego, California have all been added to the roster for January's All-American Game.

MISSION VIEJO, CAL. (September 24, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Mark Sanchez of Mission Viejo, Cal., has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Sanchez 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. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“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. “He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

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.”

Sanchez is a standout quarterback at Mission Viejo High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

“Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson told me that Mark is one of the best quarterbacks that he has coached or coached against in his long high school football career. Mark proves to be a great competitor and can throw any ball short or long, and throw them accurately and effectively. I've got to admit both Mark and Greg Paulus are better than any quarterback I had seen on film last season. He also appears to be mature enough to become an impact player as a true freshman if he enters the right program,” Lemming said.

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SAN DIEGO, California (September 24, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Jordan Congdon (left) of San Diego, California has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Congdon 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. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“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. “He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

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.”

Congdon is a standout kicker at St. Augustine High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

“This young man has won numerous kicking awards and now ranks as one of the nation's premier place kickers. Jordan shows great hang time as a punter and excellent leg strength whether it is kicking off extra points or field goals. He’s one of the most accurate kickers in the country. He gets rid of the ball quickly and this past January he won the U.S. Army National Combine award for accuracy and hang time and did not miss a field goal,” Lemming said.




As U.S. Army All-Americans, Sanchez and Congdon have the potential to be named finalists 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.

“We’re excited about our sponsorship of such a worthwhile award,” said Deborah Sabo, director of marketing for Ball Park. “This honor rewards the core principles within high school football that we have here at Ball Park – excellence and quality.”

Also given out at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner will be the Myoplex Speed and Strength Athlete of the Year Award. This first-year award will be bestowed upon the nation’s fastest, strongest and most dedicated high school football player. The Trophy presented to the winner will be set in the likeness of NFL great, Walter Payton.

“Speed and strength are the keys to success on the field,” said Heather Fitzgerald, marketing director for Myoplex. “And the keys to developing speed and strength are hard work in the gym and proper nutrition. We’ve helped elite NFL players improve their nutrition for more than a decade. With this award, we hope to show the nation’s top high school football players the role proper nutrition plays in reaching their goals.”

The winning team of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will receive the Herman Boone Trophy named after the legendary Virginia high school football coach who was immortalized in the Disney feature film, Remember the Titans. Also, the game MVP will receive the Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy named after the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner


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