Edwardsville senior A.J. Epenesa earned a pretty prestigious distinction on Oct. 12 at the Jon Davis Wresting Center inside the District 7 Sports Complex.
Epenesa became the second Tiger football player in program history to be named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining 2011 selection Rodney Coe, who is now on the practice squad with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound EHS standout is the No. 1 strong-side defensive end in the nation. He will take his talents to Iowa after his Edwardsville career is over.
On Oct. 14 he fueled the Tiger defense in a 44-6 win at Alton to improve Edwardsville to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Southwestern Conference. Epenesa had two big pass deflections at the line of scrimmage and applied heavy pressure to the Alton backfield.
“I thank God and I thank the Army for blessing me with the opportunity to play in this game,” Epenesa said of being named to the All-American Bowl.
The game will air live on NBC on Jan. 7 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.