Ardrey Kell punter will play in U.S. Army All-American game
Friday, Dec. 06, 2013

Ardrey Kell punter will play in U.S. Army All-American game

Ardrey Kell punter Corbin Daly, right, with Knights coach Adam Hastings, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Daly is one of 90 players nationwide selected for the honor.

Ardrey Kell senior punter Corbin Daly was officially invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl during a Dec.2 ceremony in the school’s gym.

Daly is one of 90 players nationwide selected to play in the game Jan.4 in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast live on NBC.

“It’s so incredible. I’m so honored,” Daly, 17, said. “I’m grateful that they selected me for it and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Chris Sailer Kicking ranks Daly (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) as the No.2 senior punter in the country. He had previously committed to play in college at Texas, but decommitted Dec. 4, according to Ardrey Kell head coach Adam Hastings.

Daly’s punts averaged 44 yards this season, and he pinned opposing offenses inside the 10-yard-line nine times.

“Corbin just did a fantastic job his four years here, and he’s a weapon,” Hastings said. “I think it also brings to light… how important it is to have a good kicking game and how powerful of a player he was, and how important he was to our success as a team.”

“He’s somebody that we can plan to do things offensively knowing that we have him back there to kind of help us out,” Hastings said.

Daly is the first Ardrey Kell player named a U.S. Army All-American since the school opened in 2006.

“It kind of puts us on the map a little bit,” Hastings said. “Obviously we’re really excited about the future for Ardrey Kell, but it kind of shows that we have that type of talent here.”

Daly also is the third player to be named to the bowl from the SoMeck 8 conference, along with Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood and Providence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain. Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier also was selected for the bowl.

Grier and Hood are among six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.

“I think people don’t realize the high level of talent in Charlotte,” Hastings said. “I think a lot of people talk about Rock Hill, and Rock Hill has a lot of talent, but Charlotte is just right there with anyone else in the nation.

“You look at four of the top in the nation in their position group are all from the same area. You just don’t see that, so it’s a great indication of the high level of play in Charlotte.”

Daly said he’s looking forward to meeting other players from around the country in San Antonio. He also thinks the experience will help him get ready for college football.

“It’s just going to help me a lot,” Daly said. “I feel like it’s going to help me see what it’s really going to be like to kick in college and see what it’s like speed-wise and everything like that.”

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