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Kay Granger, Kansas State honored at Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

FORT WORTH - U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and the Kansas State football team were honored with the 2017 Great American Patriot Award and the Armed Forces Merit Award, respectively, Saturday at 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Saturday at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Rep. Granger is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and previously has been honored with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. She also has been lauded with the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service by the Secretary of the Army.

Press Conference Quotes: Players

San Diego State – CB Kameron Kelly


What’s going through your mind for the game?

“I’m getting those butterflies already. You know, I’m ready, Army is a good team. We are really trying to stop the quarterback.”


What does it mean for your team for Rashaad's (Penny) last game?

He’s the heart and soul of our team. We all rally behind him. I try to be the emotional leader, but we all follow Rashaad’s lead and so we want to send him out the right way.”


What do you think of Army’s team?

Press Conference Quotes: Coaches

Army Head Coach - Jeff Monken

Opening Statement…

"What a privilege it is to be here in Fort Worth. We are thrilled to be here to play in the postseason and it is a great way to measure our success. To play a great team like San Diego State, there are a lot of teams that breathe a sigh of relief when they don’t have to play San Diego State. They have the nation's leading rusher, he is a tremendous player and it would be difficult to argue that there is a better back than him, and our defense has a difficult task to task to play against."

Bo's Blog: Not Alone in the Lone Star State

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 20, 2017) – Did you know that all 130 NCAA FBS members have at least one player or coach who has called Texas home?

If so, then it should come as no surprise that both Army West Point and San Diego State have ample Texas high school football talent and hometown connections as they approach the historic 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.

Besides numerous coaches and administrators from both schools who have worked or coached on all levels in the Lone Star State, there are a plethora of Texas student-athletes on the two squads.

Army West Point football continues its strong run

By Troy Phillips

The rankings and numbers say Army, with its ever-throwback triple option offense, should help the 15th Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl stay right on or well ahead of televised schedule.

Extra commercials? Not likely.

The Black Knights (9-3) are set to face San Diego State (10-2) in what could be a run-based slugfest Saturday at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Night Stalkers to conduct Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl flyover

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 19, 2017) – Officials at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl have announced their plans for the pregame flyover prior to the 15th annual college bowl game on Saturday. The flyover will feature helicopters from the legendary 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), more commonly known as the Night Stalkers.

Various aircraft from the regiment, including the MH-60 Black Hawk assault helicopter made by Sikorski, which is owned by Lockheed Martin, will be participating in the event.

Bo's Blog: Long-Standing Connections for SDSU’s Coach

By Bo Carter

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 18, 2017) – San Diego State head coach Rocky Long’s Texas and Army connections are many as he prepares the 10-2 Aztecs for the 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CST) at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium against 9-3 Army West Point.

Not only did Long wreak havoc on several opponents from Texas during his days as an option quarterback at New Mexico from 1969-71, but he also has an affinity for the armed forces. His father served during World War II and had a 30-year career as a U.S. Army officer.

Star running back worth every Penny for SDSU

By Troy Phillips

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 19, 2017) – The wider narrative will say Rashaad Penny was snubbed by not being invited to the Heisman Trophy party in New York a few weeks back.

Pending the result of today’s 15th Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl that pairs Army West Point (9-3) against San Diego State (10-2) and running back Penny, the snub is either good or bad news.

Good news for the Aztecs to have a quietly motivated back? Bad for Army that it has to stop one? We’ll see.