By Mr. Mark Iacampo ( Hohenfels )September 12, 2012
HOHENFELS, Germany --Hohenfels Middle/High School sophomore David Vidovic took a major stride toward the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when he was invited to join the Football University International All Stars European team after a combine held in Ansbach, Aug. 26.
"I've always wanted to go stateside and play football," said Vidovic, the varsity running back for the Hohenfels Tigers.
In conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, played annually at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and broadcast live on NBC, the FBU is currently running combines throughout Europe to select a team that will face teams from Canada and the U.S. in Jan. 2013.
Two other Hohenfels students, Chris Terell and Perry McCune, attended the combine, but only Vidovic was eligible for the European team due to his dual-citizenship.
"Out of three trials, he won two," said proud step-father Kenneth McKoy, USAG Hohenfels command sergeant major. "And he earned co-MVP."
Accolades are nothing new for the 5'11", 179-pound Vidovic who earned MVP of the Vilseck JV football team last year, as well as MVP of the JV basketball team. He remains humble, though, crediting his coaches and his fellow teammates for much of his success.
"I think this trip is going to gain (Vidovic) some national and international exposure to a wider range of prospects, as well as giving him the opportunity to conduct football drills with a more robust team under the FBU footprint," said McKoy.
The Ansbach event featured former NFL coach Thurmond Moore and former Philadelphia Eagles fullback Cecil Martin conducting tackling drills and running plays with the participants.
"They taught us a lot," said Vidovic. "They ran us through drills, taught us how we could improve our time ... and we played a little seven on seven."
Vidovic's time on two of the trials took the top spot, finishing the 40 with a time of 4.6.
"I think I could do better," he admitted. "There was a crosswind and the terrain was kind of bad, and one of the European team coaches said if it wasn't for that, I'd have run a little faster."
In preparation for the January game in San Antonio, Vidovic said FBU coaches will be sending him a playbook, and he'll be practicing with his coaches and teammates in Hohenfels.
"My main goal is to get a little bit faster, and improve my agility," he said.
While Vidovic aspires to one day play in the NFL, right now he's focused on the Tigers' upcoming season.
"We got an amazing team, and a great coaching staff," he said. "We're learning our plays, and I think we can go all the way this year."