Armwood's Wilcox is co-runnerup for Rudy Award



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Tue. January 18, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Armwood's Wilcox is co-runnerup for Rudy Award

Armwood senior fullback Kyle Wilcox was one of two runnersup for the High School Rudy Award, a national honor given to a player that demonstrates the exemplary values of former Notre Dame football player Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, an undersized walk-on who inspired the movie Rudy.

Wilcox will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship; the other runnerup was Cody Rye of Michigan.

This year's winner was wide receiver Chance Anthony of Breckinridge County (Ky.) High, who was born without the lower half of his right arm but was a starting receiver and linebacker on his high school team, not to mention he can bench 235 pounds. Anthony received a $10,000 academic scholarship.

The winners were selected by a committee chaired by former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe that included former NFL coach Jim Mora, ex-NFL running back Shaun Alexander, sports reporters Andrea Kremer and Jenn Brown and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mother in the book-turned-movie The Blind Side.

Wilcox, a key member of Armwood's Class 4A state finalist team, carried a 6.14 grade point average and is the school's valedictorian. He overcame his father's arrest and his mother being unable to take care of him, which forced him and his siblings into foster care before coming under the guardianship of an older brother.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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