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Whale Branch's Pinckney in running for roster spot in Under Armour game

Whale Branch defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney takes a breather Oct. 31, 2014 against Battery Creek high school.
Whale Branch defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney takes a breather Oct. 31, 2014 against Battery Creek high school. The Island Packet

It's hard to say whether standout Whale Branch defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney will have a future in politics.

But at least for the next two weeks, he could use your vote.

The final two spots in the Under Armour All-America Game will be determined by a public online bracket-style voting contest called "#DreamFearlessly Fan Vote," and Pinckney, a Clemson commitment who is week-to-week with a knee injury, is among the 32 players for whom fans can vote.

Whale Branch head football coach Jerry Hatcher said Pinckney was recovering quickly from his injury, but he isn't necessarily happy about the contest.

"His recovery is progressing quicker than originally thought," Hatcher said. "As for the UA game, I'm not going to get involved in that. If they wanted him, they would have been chosen him."

"#DreamFearlessly Fan Vote," sponsored by American Family Insurance, features an interactive bracket on its website allowing fans to vote once in each matchup each day. There are short bios of each player, as well as highlight videos.

Pinckney, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, is facing Eddie McDoom, a 5-11, 178-pound wide receiver from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla.

The schedule for each round is as follows:

Round 1: Through Nov. 2 (32 players)

Round 2: Nov. 4-16 (16 players)

Round 3: Nov. 18-23 (eight players)

Final round: Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 (four players)

The 32 players in the contest were chosen by representatives of the Under Armour All-America Game. Four players were chosen from each of the eight U.S. regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, West and Pacific Northwest).

To vote, find a complete bracket with matchup details at www.amfam.com/dreamfearlesslyfanvote.

The 2016 Under Armour All-America Game is scheduled for noon Jan. 2 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl and will be televised live on ESPN2.

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