Wharton, N.J. (Oct. 9, 2012) – Running Back Derrick Henry of Yulee (Fla.) High School was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week, for the week ending October 6. Henry rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns on his way to a victory over Fernandina Beach (Fla.) 35-0 on Friday night. By rushing for over 100 yards in his 40th straight game, Henry now has the national record in this category. The previous mark of 39 was set last year by Rushel Shell of Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.).
Henry was joined by some other outstanding players who earned U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week nomination honors. One nominee was running back Michael Johnson of Evansville (Wisc.) High School. Johnson ran for a school-record 372 yards and seven touchdowns in a 61-12 defeat of Turner (Beloit, Wis.) High School on Friday. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week was designed to recognize the nation’s top high school performance of the week. Football players possess a similar set of mental, emotional and physical strengths to Army Strong Soldiers. The winner will be announced each Monday, throughout the season and noted on www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/media-center
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.