Two Navy football players — and one each from Army and Air Force — are headed to Hawaii.
A pair of Midshipmen seniors, cornerback Cameron Kinley and guard Peter Nestrowitz, have been selected to play in the annual Hula Bowl, an All-Star game held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Army linebacker Jon Rhattigan and Air Force offensive tackle Parker Ferguson were also selected to the game.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 31 on CBS Sports Network.
Kinley and Nestrowitz are the 28th and 29th Midshipmen to be tapped for the game. It’s the first time since 1999 that two Navy players will feature in the Hula Bowl. That year, wide receiver Travis Williams and center Terrence Anderson participated.
The Hula Bowl was started in 1957 and has featured the likes of Dan Marino, Deion Sanders, Ricky Williams, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson and Billy Sims.
A 6-foot-3 native of New Jersey, Nestrowitz also played in the Tropical Bowl in Kissimmee, Florida earlier this month. He was an All-AAC selection at guard this past season. He’s played in 32 games at Navy, mostly featuring at left guard, but has also played tight end and tackle. In the Tropical Bowl, he played center, further showing off his versatility. Nestrowitz was named to Pro Football Focus’ national offensive line of the week on Sept. 21.
Kinley, a captain for the Navy football team this past season and the president of his class at the academy, started in 23 of the 27 games he played in over his career for the Mids. He finished this past season with 26 tackles, an interception and five pass breakups. A 6-foot-2 native of Memphis, Tennessee, he also participated in the College Gridiron Showcase in front of more than 100 NFL scouts earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rhattigan was named as a Second Team All-American by USA Today and a Third Team All-American by Pro Football Focus after anchoring an Army defense that went undefeated at home, was ranked as the second-best defense in the nation against the pass and second in the nation in points-allowed per-game. Pro Football Focus also tabbed Rhattigan as the 55th best player in college football this past season. He was also named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent Team. The 6-foot-1 native of Naperville, Illinois finished the year with 78 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two pass breakups.
A 6-foot-5 native of Greenwood, Indiana, Ferguson was an All-Mountain West First Team selection this season for Air Force. He is the first Falcons’ offensive lineman selected to the Hula Bowl since 2005, when Ross Weaver made the trip. Selected to the preseason watchlist for the Outland Trophy, Ferguson started all six games Air Force played this season. He helped pave the way for rushing attacks that averaged more than 295 yards per-game in each of the past two seasons.
When the NFL Draft rolls around this spring, these four Service Academy players are hoping to hear their names called.