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Army football prospect battles back from torn ACL

By SAL INTERDONATO | The Times Herald-Record | Published: July 23, 2017

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) -- Andrew Hipp received a special mention when Jeff Monken and his coaching staff handed out awards at the end of Army's second summer prospect camp.

One year ago, Hipp tore his left anterior cruciate ligament while running a route on the last play of Army's camp. The injury cost Hipp, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound tight end, his junior season at St. Pius X High School in St. Louis, Mo. Hipp's road back was fueled on returning to West Point and impressing Army's coaches.

Hipp's name was called not once but twice in his return Saturday. Hipp was named the best upperclassmen tight end and defensive lineman by Army's staff.

"I spent seven months in recovery," said Hipp, who plays defensive end for St. Pius X. "Recovery was tough. It was a lot of hard work and it really paid off today. I'm glad I came back and showed what I'm able to do ... From the time I got hurt, my mind was focused on coming back here and performing well."

Hipp has participated in a few combines this summer. Army was Hipp's first team camp. He had yet to receive an offer from Army. But Hipp hopes for another return to the academy.

"This is where I want to be," Hipp said. "You can take football out of the picture. I want to come to (attend) West Point."

Army's camp attracted players from as far as California as well as local talent. Roy C. Ketcham junior linebacker Jyaire Stevens was named the underclassmen defensive most valuable player.

"It feels good," said Stevens, who had 54 tackles as a sophomore. "Army came to my school this year and offered me a scholarship for defense and I guess I performed well enough to become defensive MVP. It was a good time."

Sunnyvale (Texas) sophomore Tripp McAda was named the top underclassmen quarterback.

McAda's name is familiar around West Point. His father, Ronnie, was a three-year starting quarterback at Army and helped the Black Knights to a 10-2 record in his senior season in 1996.

sinterdonato@th-record.com

(c) 2017 The Times Herald-Record. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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