The East gets its Kicker

Posted Sep 27, 2005

CHICAGO (September 27, 2005) --- Recognized as one of the top football players in the nation, Ryan Donahue of Chicago has been named a 2006 U.S. Army All-American. Donahue will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The classic East vs. West match-up will be played and televised live on NBC January 7th at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the top 78 prep football student-athletes in the country.

Ryan Donahue of Chicago is the #4 ranked kicker in the country by, and he is committed to play for Iowa.

"Ryan is the best kicker in the Midwest. He was 4-for-6 in field goals as a junior with a long of 55-yards. He has a 4.2 average hang-time on his punts with an average of 40.6 yards. He'll look good bombing punts for the East in the Alamodome," said

"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 who, like our Soldiers, takes pride in making a difference and turning in outstanding performances.

"Our slogan, 'An Army of One,' recognizes the strength of the individual in achieving team goals. Ryan demonstrates how football, like the Army, makes you a stronger person not just for today, but into the future. A national audience will see this when he takes the field in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," said Col. Nickerson.

Donahue is a standout kicker at Saint Rita 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 Committee. is the official online selection partner for the US Army All-American Bowl.

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