Army-Stanford connections

Army senior rover Thomas Holloway and Stanford tight end Davis Dudchock were good friends at Oak Mountain High in Birmingham, Ala.

Holloway, an Army captain, and Dudchock were standout players on the football team.

Now, in their final college seasons, the two will play against each other at the highest level for the first time when Army hosts No. 5 Stanford Saturday.

“The last time I played with him is back in the fall of 2009,” Holloway said. “It will not only be great to see him but it will be great to compete against him and see what he’s doing at such a high level and for him to have that same perspective of what I’m doing.”

The distance between Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. and West Point have made it hard for Holloway and Dudchock to keep their friendship. But, they were able to get in a brief workout on one of Holloway’s trips home.

“We met up with a few other guys from our high school team,” Holloway said. “It was fun.”

Both West Point and Stanford are top-ranked academic schools. So maybe, it’s not much of a surprise to find players from both Army and Stanford hailing from the same high school programs.

Here’s a list complied by Stanford sports information on players who attended the same high schools:

Oak Mountain (Ala.): Thomas Holloway, Army senior rover and defensive captain; Davis Dudchock, Stanford senior reserve tight end.
Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.): Drew Hennessy, Army sophomore tackle; Shayne Skov, Stanford all-American linebacker.
Bellarmine Prep (Calif.): Jared Vallner, Army freshman cornerback; Usua Amanam, Stanford top nickel back; Kevin Danser, Stanford third-string center; Kyle Olugbode, Stanford second-string strong safety.
De La Salle (Calif): Josh Jenkins, Army freshman starting cornerback; Austin Hooper, Stanford freshman defensive end.
Sabino (Ariz.): Stephen Fraser, Army junior second-string running back; Jeremy Timpf, Army freshman linebacker; Keanu Nelson, Stanford punt returner
Loyola (Calif.): Robert Jenkins, Army freshman defensive end; Kodi Whitfield, Stanford third-string wide receiver; Conrad Ukropina, Stanford backup punter.
St. Thomas Academy (Minn.): Connor Farley, Army sophomore backup long snapper; Conor McFadden, Stanford second-string center; Pat McFadden, Stanford freshman running back; Anthony Hayes, Stanford junior defensive tackle.

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