Viera’s Nixon nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl


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Viera's Tre Nixon (in white) has been nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where players like Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles and Patrick Peterson all made their national debuts.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It’s another first for Viera High wide receiver Tre Nixon.

The rising senior is one of 59 players from the state of Florida to be nominated to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will take place Jan. 9, 2016 in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.

Nixon is the first Viera player to be nominated for the game. Cocoa defensive back Chauncey Gardner was the only other Brevard County football player to also be among the country’s 400 rising seniors to receive the prestigious nomination for this upcoming season.

Only 90 players will be selected to play in the game.

That selection process, known as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour, will run from September through December, though player finalists will be announced throughout the fall.

The speedy Nixon is rated as a four-star recruit and ranked No. 176 on the 2016 ESPN 300 list and has scholarship offers from more than 40 schools, including a host of national powers

He caught three second-half touchdown passes in Thursday night’s 44-21 victory over Spruce Creek in Viera’s spring game as scouts from Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Maryland, Penn State, Middle Tennessee State, UCF and Lindenwood looked on.