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December 7, 2012

Army Bowl an honor for Bigelow

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To be named a U.S. Army All-American is a very special honor and Kenny Bigelow is well aware of that fact. To be able to share this experience with Khaliel Rodgers, a close friend and teammate, makes it even better. The defensive tackle from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy is glad that all of his hard work is paying off.

"It's a great honor to be able to play on national TV in front of all the people that serve our country," said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Bigelow. "Khaliel and I worked hard to get where we are now. To know that all of this hard work in this program has paid off for both of us is a great feeling and to know that he is going to be down there with me for this prestigious honor. Khaliel is basically my brother and we try to make each other better everyday."

This season has been different than most for Bigelow, Rodgers and their teammates. Last year, they played for Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy but transferred when the school de-emphasized football. Their new school, Eastern Christian Academy, is brand new and has not been sanctioned by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. For this reason, many schools canceled their games with Eastern Christian Academy for fear of being ruled ineligible for the playoffs.

In four games this season, Bigelow had over 12 sacks. He shared his thoughts on his team's situation.

"It was kind of different, moving from one school to the next," he said. "We still have faith in our coaches and each other and we know that if we keep working hard good things will come."

Bigelow, the number one rated defensive tackle in the country, is part of USC's top ranked recruiting class and is extremely excited to get to the west coast.

"I'm preparing for it the way I've prepared for anything else," Bigelow explained. "I'm going to lift, train and condition hard and work on my technique as long as I can. I expect to work hard and be the best I can be at USC."

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