October 2, 2010

French picks up Army All American invite

Christian French went one for two when it comes to off the field honors on Friday night.

Before he and his Cedar Rapids Kennedy teammates faced off with cross town rival, Cedar Rapids Washington, French miss out on being selected as the Cougars homecoming king. That honor went to teammate Hershel Dixon.

At halftime, French picked up an honor that he feels is bigger than homecoming king, being invited to participate in the 2011 U.S. Army All American game in San Antonio, Texas.

"This was a way bigger surprise," French said with a big smile following Kennedy's 48-7 victory on Friday evening at Kingston Stadium. "This is a great opportunity for me to play in the Army All American game. I am excited to get the chance to play in this game and I really want to thank my parents and my coaches for helping me to get the opportunity to do something like this."

French, who has attracted plenty of recruiting attention thanks to his size and quickness, was known as more of a basketball player two years ago, is still amazed at the attention he has gotten as a football player.

"If you would have told me that I would have been selected to play in this game two years ago I would have told you that you were crazy," French said. "I would have guessed it would have been for basketball, but I am really thankful because this is the highest achievement that you can get as a football player at this level."

Not only did French as a good night off the field picking up this prestigious honor, but he also played perhaps his best game of the season at linebacker. French had seven tackles, including a bone crunching tackle of Washington's punter after a bad snap which forced a fumble and resulted in a touchdown for one of his teammates.

"It felt good to have a good night and to make that play. Some of the players from our team last year were back and they were telling me to get a big hit and I did."

While recruiting is on French's mind as he narrows his list of schools to six (Iowa, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, Missouri, and Nebraska), what is foremost on his mind is to continue to become a better football player.

"I am trying to learn as much as possible and pick up as much as I can from my coaches every day in practice. Tonight I only played linebacker and they have taken me off as a receiver right now. I'll probably be playing tight end the rest of the season, so the next game I will be back to playing on offense and defense."

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