Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has been named the U.S. Armys national player of the year.
Hood received the award at a banquet on Friday in San Antonio, where he was preparing to play in Saturdays U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hood, who has committed to North Carolina, rushed for a Mecklenburg County-record 3,690 yards and a county-record 53 touchdowns this season. The yardage ranks second in N.C. history behind West Rowans Kevin Parks (3,794) and the touchdown total is third highest in state history.
Hood is the county career leader in rushing yardage (8,981) and touchdowns (147).
Former U.S. Army players of the year include Independence quarterback Chris Leak (2003), former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2007) and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (2004).
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