Grant named National Defensive Player of the Year

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hermitage star linebacker Curtis Grant seems to have a long successful football career in his future.  Without taking a step on a college campus, he all ready has won a national award.

Grant was named the winner of the first American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, given to the top prep defensive player in the country. The 6'3", 222-pound linebacker had 74 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles in 2010.

Grant has been in San Antonio all this week practicing for Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Grant was also one of six finalists for the National Player of the Year award, but that was given to Demetrius Hart, a running back out of Orlando, FL.

In a release from the bowl, Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command said: "Curtis Grant has showcased that he shares similar mental, emotional and physical qualities found in Army Strong Soldiers and has demonstrated leadership on the field. We congratulate Curtis on his achievements and for being named Defensive Player of the Year."

The linebacker will announce where he's going to college next year at Hermitage High School on Signing Day, February 2nd.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the country held each January in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  The game features the best high school football players in the nation, and has helped launch the careers of Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and many other college and NFL stars since its inception in 2001. Last year the U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew more than 34,000 fans to the Alamodome and was the most watched sporting event on television over the weekend, besides the NFL Playoffs. It will air on NBC12 Saturday at 1pm.

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