SAN ANTONIO - States like Texas, Florida, California, and Ohio regularly send participants to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but in it's history the state of Utah hasn't put as many players into the past Bowls combined as they have this year. One of the three players representing the Beehive State is South Jordan Bingham three-star tight end Austin Holt.
The 6-foot-6, 227-pound pass-catcher says that the chance to represent his state is one of his biggest motivating factors. As the lone BYU commitment in the game he also takes an honor representing his future program.
"I think it's absolutely an honor, there have never been three from Utah taken, so it's cool that it's us three, and two of us from the same high school," Holt said. "Going to BYU and then with coming out here and representing both Utah and BYU, they are not another average school out in the Mountain West conference, they can get players out here too so I'm going to try and represent them and do the best I can."
Holt wasn't sure about the chance to play in this game but now that it's here he plans to take full advantage.
"It's exciting; it's fun to be down here. It's pretty cool to be down here," he said. "Definitely going through all these stations and getting ready and getting our pictures taken and stuff, it's very real."
While Holt is probably one of the better kept secrets at the game he says that he isn't too concerned about the players who have bigger reputations than himself. He simply wants to see how he matches up against the nation's best.
"You definitely hear about some names, but I don't know too many people I just want to come out here and compete as hard as I can and compete 100 percent and do my best," he said.
As for his future Cougar teammates Holt couldn't help but take notice of what may have been the best game so far this year in BYU's heart-stopping 17-16 win over UCLA.
"It was definitely good to see them come back, me and Justin Sorensen went to the UCLA game earlier this season when they lost and it was definitely good to see them get some payback," he said. "Some people say it's just things happen to good people, but it was just a good thing to see them win."