In addition to the bowl game frenzy over the weekend, New Year’s brings one more special event to the table: the annual Under Armour All-American Game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Three Tampa Bay area players made the cut for the game and therefore named All-Americans: James Robinson and AJ Davis of Lakeland, as well as Daquon Green of Tampa Bay Tech. Robinson and Davis will play as members of ‘Team Highlight,’ coached by former San Fransisco 49ers and Detroit Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci, while Green will participate on ‘Team Armour,’ coached by longtime New York Jets Head Coach Herm Edwards.
“Don’t sleep on me and don’t line nobody up in front of me,” Green told Andrew Spivey of GatorCountry.com on Monday. Green had 639 yards on 41 receptions with nine touchdowns in his senior season with TBT. He dealt with injuries for a few games – only playing in nine of the Titans’ 11 games in 2016.
Green is trying hard to take Robinson with him to the University of Florida, where he’s been committed to since the summer of 2015. Robinson recently declared that he would not commit until National Signing Day, which is close to a month away, however, he seems to be down to either Florida or Clemson. Whichever program gets him will get an electric player.
Davis finished 2016 as the Polk County leading rusher with 1,498 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns on the season, which catapulted them to a regional semifinal appearance against Plant. It was the third consecutive year where Davis was the leading rusher in the county, proving his consistency game in and game out.
The tenth annual Under Armour All-American Game will kickoff at 1 p.m. from Camping World Stadium and will be televised on ESPN on New Year’s Day.