Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Steamboat Springs Austin Hinder would rather deflect the attention from himself.
But the quarterback many have touted as the top in the state and among the country's elite will be recognized again at 3 p.m. today at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium in Steamboat Springs High School. There, representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will present Hinder a jersey and an invitation to play in the Jan. 9 game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The game features the top high school players in the nation and is broadcast live on NBC. Previous representatives in the game have included Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Tim Tebow. Hinder will be joined in the game by fellow Colorado prepster, Grandview High School linebacker and University of Notre Dame commit Chris Martin.
The event is open to the public.
"It means a lot," Hinder said. "It was one of the goals I was working toward. To do it was awesome. It was amazing to get invited. It all comes down to hard work and preparing for the next week."
Hinder, who burst onto the national scene after his sophomore year and performing well at national camps, has helped the Sailors to an 8-0 record. The senior has accumulated 1,761 yards rushing and passing to go along with 23 touchdowns, despite spending a good portion of second halves on the bench because of big Steamboat leads.
"It's such a unique experience," Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said. "It's getting to play in a game you love with the best players from around the country. I'm so excited for Austin, and he'll make the most of it. It's a pretty big deal."
The game, which is in its 10th year, features 90 of the top high school players nationwide.
Representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl travel across the country to announce the players' selection at their school.
Hinder and the rest of the Sailors are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday against Buena Vista at Gardner Field.