Miles Bergner accepted his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey on
Wednesday but he's unlike any other player in the game this season.
Bergner is not a national name. Not even close to it. And he doesn't seem to
The Longmont, Colo., kicker is committed to South Dakota. Bergner has another
offer from Northern Colorado and he will take a trip to Air Force soon
although he doesn't figure he'll back off his commitment.
Exposure will be plenty in San Antonio but Bergner said forget it, he loves the
program and the coaching staff at South Dakota and that's where he plans to play
his college football.
"I'm committed to South Dakota pretty solidly," Bergner said. "I'm just in love
with Joe Glenn and his staff.
"At this point I don't feel like I need (recruiting attention) anymore. South
Dakota has basically in simple words said I'm the starting kicker and punter for
the team next year so there's nothing better than starting all four years in
college and trying to rewrite record books - and playing inside."
With his recruiting seemingly finished, Bergner has turned his focus to playing
in the Army game and for a kid from Longmont, Colo., who's playing his college
ball at South Dakota this is going to be a big deal.
There are mixed emotions -- definitely some anticipatory nervousness mixed with
awe and excitement to play on such a big stage -- and overall the 6-foot-1,
200-pound prospect said he cannot wait to get to San Antonio and get things
"The biggest feeling is being honored like this and having the honor to play in
this game," Bergner said. "I'm excited and nervous at the same time so there are
a bunch of mixed emotions at the same time.
"I'm still kind of in shock about it. There are a couple other guys who must be
in the same position where they didn't know, this was unexpected, so it's a huge
honor and I'm extremely excited."
Bergner is also excited about the possibility to kick inside the Alamodome in
front of thousands of people. He's done some inside kicking before, but nothing
like this, so Bergner just hopes he gets his chance.
"I've seen the inside of it during bowl games but the prospect of kicking in
there it's going to be weird," Bergner said. "I've kicked in a dome before but
I've never kicked in a dome that big."
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