By Anthony Rhoads
Lovejoy offensive lineman Chris Scott is going to play football in January.
Scott, a 6-foot-6 322-pound senior, has been selected as one of 78 players in the nation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl coming up Jan. 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast on NBC.
"It's a real big honor," he said. "It's great to play with all these great football players. All of them are really great players and this is a chance for people to see us nationally. It's going to be really good for us and the game is going to be really good."
Lovejoy head coach Al Hughes said Scott definitely deserves the honor.
"It's really neat," Hughes said. "It's quite an honor. He's such a great kid and football player. I couldn't think of a more deserving young man. This was awesome day for Chris. It was a special day he will never forget; it was a big day for our team and it was a big day for our school."
The announcement was made Tuesday at the school with Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Patrick Kerney and members of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading squad attending.
"This is an enormous honor that far exceeds anything I received in high school," Kerney said.
Kerney added that he was impressed with Scott's humbleness, his willingness to give credit to his teammates and his focus on academics.
"I think Chris has a great perspective on things," Kerney said.
This year, Scott is the only player from Georgia to be selected for the all-star game. Many athletes who have played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl have gone on to college and excelled, including running back Adrian Peterson at Oklahoma and quarterback Chris Leak at Florida. A few have gone on to the NFL including Michael Clayton, a rookie receiver with Tampa Bay.
"To see these players come out and play in college and the NFL, it's given me something to work for," Scott said. "What it's given me is awesome."
This year, Scott has been one of the most-heavily recruited offensive linemen in the state and nation.
He's narrowed his choices down to a few schools including Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU.
"He really is a nice kid but when he puts the helmet on, it's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Hughes said.
On the football team, Scott is known as the ?Big Easy' for his easygoing personality but he's definitely not a pushover on the football field.
"Sometimes I don't know what happens," he said. "When I'm off the field, I'm really an easygoing guy but when I'm on the football field, another side of me comes out."