Seven of Illinois' top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Seven of Illinois’ top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents in the live-televised East vs. West game on NBC at noon Jan. 3.

“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique celebration of high school athletes, musicians and the American soldier,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing.

A list of the nominees can be accessed at: www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/nominations/intro_welcome.php.

The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection committee. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be ultimately selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection tour begins.

Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the selection tour ending in early December.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has served as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars.

Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck both made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.

The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com and www.goarmy.com/events/aab or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at www.facebook.com/USArmyAllAmericanBowl and twitter.com/ArmyAllAmerican.