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— By PATRIC FLANNIGAN

Sports editor

Camden Fairview senior and Oklahoma Sooner signee Stacey Wilkins II is set to receive the Willie Roaf award during the Little Rock Touchdown Club Awards banquet at 6 p.m. on Jan 10 at Embassy Suites.

Heisman Trophy Winner and Superbowl MVP Desmond Howard will serve as the banquet speaker as Wilkins will get to rub elbows with some of the best student athletes and coaches in Arkansas.

The Willie Roaf Award is presented to the top Arkansas high school offensive lineman and the top Arkansas collegiate offensive lineman. A selection panel of statewide media along with Roaf select 3 finalists and the winner for both high school and college awards. The winners are honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet.

Roaf is a Pine Bluff native that played college football at Louisiana Tech before being inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“First I Wanna Thank GOD for blessing me with the ability to play the sport I love,” Wilkins II posted to Facebook along with a photo of a set of goals he wished to accomplish this season - one of which being to win the Willie Roaf award. “As I look back two years from now I seriously did not see any of this happening. I told myself if you want you something you gotta go get it cause we don’t except handouts and put in my head that I will do everything to be the best on the field and I did that after a long junior season off Ball Patrol with Coach Devin Ball and working out all summer with the top in the nation and competing with the best everyday in practice with help of Coach Garrett Whitley and the rest of my coaching staff has really paid off.

“I really wanna thank God and my mother Leilani Tauese Wilkins for all the hard work shes put in because she doesn’t get enough credit as she should and thanks to my father Stacey Wilkins. It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of my football team as the top offensive lineman in the state, The Willie Roaf Award.”

Winning off the field

In addition to winning the Willie Roaf Award, Wilkins has been making the most of his trip to San Antonio to play in the U.S. Army All American Bowl game. Wilkins has posted several videos and inspirational messages, including a video where he is seen providing food to the homeless.

Wilkins said he walked 25 minute in cold weather to help out a couple of people that were starving but said that it “was worth it.” He emphasized that people take for granted how easy they have it and that he hopes to continue to help people that are in bad situations.

The U.S. Army All American Bowl will air at 1 p.m. on Saturday on NBC.

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