Jernigan selected for Army All-American game


Published: Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.

LAKE CITY — Growing up, Timmy Jernigan always envisioned himself playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Friday, Columbia's senior defensive tackle was officially awarded that opportunity as he held his 2011 Army game induction ceremony in Columbia's auditorium.

On stage and in front of students, teachers and family members, Jernigan thanked as many people as he could shortly after representatives from the January all-star game presented him with an Army All-American jersey.

"I'm humbled to be chosen to play in such a historical game," Jernigan said. "I'm so honored to represent the team of Columbia High, the community and all of those who have supported me throughout my journey. I promise to give 100 percent and play my very best and make everyone proud of our accomplishments."

Alongside him was classmate Colleen Heeney, who was selected to be a member of the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band that will perform during halftime of the game on Jan. 8 at the Alamodome.

Columbia is one of only three schools that had representatives from both its football team and band selected as Army All-Americans.

"I'm proud of Timmy Jernigan and the honor that he received today and it's so awesome that Colleen, a member of the band and color guard, will be in San Antonino representing Lake City and Columbia High School," Columbia football coach Craig Howard said.

Jernigan, whom Scout.com ranks as the nation's best defensive tackle, said he could make his college decision live during January's game. He currently has four favorites — Florida State, Alabama, LSU and Michigan — but is also considering Florida and USC.

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