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Wounded Warrior Enjoys Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Invite

By Troy Phillips for

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29, 2010 - Before the setbacks dealt Marine Corps Sgt. Nathan Dee in 2007 while on active duty, life was challenging enough. His wife served in another branch of the military, and they had three kids to raise. Stationed in Iraq as part of a transition team that trained the country’s local police forces, Dee was the victim of an insurgent truck bomb and mortar fire that struck his unit. Now a patient at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and part of the Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Dee has a new set of daily struggles. He suffers from a brain injury, post-concussive symptoms, two severely injured knees - Dee walks with a cane - and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’ve been progressing backwards,” said Dee, one of several guest Wounded Warriors at this year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game and festivities. “I really wanted to be here. I asked, and got accepted, and it’s been great since we landed.”

Mustangs seek to duplicate Army’s intensity, discipline

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29, 2010 - SMU is going to try and play exactly like Army when the Mustangs take the field Thursday morning at Ford Stadium for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. No, SMU is not going to abandon its run-and-shoot offense in favor of the triple option and it’s not going to adopt a variation of the 46 defense. Rather, the Mustangs are hoping to approach the game with the same mental focus and execution as Army - and all of the service academies, for that matter. “We have to really match how disciplined they are,” SMU safety Chris Banjo said of the Black Knights. “They’re a very disciplined team and they’re very well-coached. We just have to come ready to play, every play, on both sides of the ball and really dictate what they do (offensively) and make them one dimensional. If we can do that, I think we can really control the outcome of the game.”

Army’s “loss leader” - Josh McNary

Fort Worth, Texas, December 29 - Josh McNary is described as a loss leader in Army's media notes. And, that's an accurate way to picture the talents of the 235-pound senior defensive end. McNary, a Houston native who was not recruited to play football at West Point but walked on to the team, has been a standout with his pressure techniques in Army's double-eagle flex defensive scheme. "My position demands success," McNary said. "It is suited for my abilities as a player. I'm able to do a lot of rushing which is my trait."

Army ringleader Anderson

Fort Worth, Texas, December 28 - If Steve Anderson was walking down the streets of downtown Fort Worth, nobody would suspect he is the leading tackler on a major college football team. Anderson looks like many other young men who maybe make regular visits to the health club. However, Anderson is an exceptional football player who is the ringleader for the Army defense that will challenge SMU in Thursday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Jones discounts SMU’s home-field advantage in BHAFB

Fort Worth, Texas, December 28, 2010 - SMU will be the home team in Thursday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, playing in its home stadium and dressing in its own locker room. But SMU head coach June Jones said the game against Army won’t necessarily be a ‘home’ game for the Mustangs. Because of all of the trappings surrounding the game, which honors those who have served and are currently serving in the United States armed forces, Jones said the game will be unlike any other the Mustangs have played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. “I was telling the kids, it’s going to be a little bit like a road game because they’ve got all the flyovers and they’ve got helicopters and tanks so it’s almost like it’s an Army home game,” Jones said. “At least we’re going to be in our own locker room, so that’ll be good."

Aldrick Robinson catches on with SMU Mustangs

Fort Worth, Texas, December 27, 2010 - Midway through his collegiate career, SMU receiver Aldrick Robinson was beginning to wonder if he had made the right choice in schools. Personally, Robinson turned in an outstanding sophomore season in 2008. He had 1,047 receiving yards, tied a school record with 11 touchdown catches and landed on the All-Conference USA team as an honorable mention. But Robinson had come to Dallas to be a part of SMU’s resurgence in football and the Mustangs had just suffered through their second consecutive 1-11 season. “When I first came here, they were 6-6 (the season before) and when I came on my visit they said, ‘We’re on the rise.’” Robinson recalled. “I believed it and when I came here we went 1-11 and then went 1-11 again and I started thinking like maybe I should have gone somewhere else.”

Calm Hassin a tough tackle

Fort Worth, Texas, December 27, 2010 - Jared Hassin claims he has a calm personality but don't try to tell that to Army opponents who try to tackle the Black Knights' sophomore fullback. Hassin leads Army in rushing this season with 931 yards and averages 5.4 yards per carry as the first option in the Black Knights' triple option offense. "I like to think that I'm not one of the stereotypical football players, listening to heavy mental in the locker room before the game," Hassin said Monday after Army's practice in preparation for Thursday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.