January 05, 2015

AP Class 2A All-State football team

NOTE: South Florida players in bold type.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB — Caleb Lewis 6-4 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

RB — Jacquan Fuller 5-9 170 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

RB — Daniel Duncanson 5-10 190 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

RB — Willie Parker 5-10 185 Sr., Tampa Carrollwood

WR — A.J. Harper 6-0 170 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

WR — Chris Philpott 6-4 200 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Seth Penner 6-2 290 Sr., Naples First Baptist

OL — Dallas Tucker 6-3 280 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Dylan Gibbons 6-5 280 So., St Petersburg Northside Christian

OL — Wyatt Knopfke 6-4 285 Sr., Bradenton St Stephens

OL — Quinlan Marshall 6-4 285 Sr., WinterGardenFoundationAcademy

UT — Theo Anderson 5-11 215 Jr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

K — Jordan Bennett 6-1 170 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL — Will Mercer 5-11 300 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

DL — R.J. Harris 6-3 265 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

DL — Darrell Henderson 6-1 300 Sr., Jacksonville Duval Charter

LB — Cecil Cherry 6-1 240 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

LB — Demaris Tillmon 5-11 190 Sr., South Daytona Warner Christian

LB — Kyle Tuttle 6-3 185 Sr., Jupiter Christian

LB — Chris Licea 5-11 185 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

DB — Brice Ford 5-9 165 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

DB — Josh Preston 6-4 185 Sr., Destin Rocky Bayou

DB — Terry Hughes 6-2 190 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

DB — Keshan Pennamon 6-0 180 Jr., JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

UT — Chris Jackson 5-10 150 Jr., Tallahassee FAMU

P — Colby Adamson 6-0 205 Jr., WinterGardenFoundationAcademy

 

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB — Kato Nelson 6-1 184 Jr., Hialeah Champagnat

RB — Christian Rodriguez 5-9 190 Sr., Naples First Baptist

RB — Zeke McGaughy 5-9 200 Jr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

RB — Hussein Howe 5-10 190 Jr., JacksonvvilleUniversity Christian

WR — Darnell Solamon 6-3 195 Jr., Hialeah Champagnat

WR — Steven Claude 6-2 185 Sr., Hialeah Champagnat

OL — Brandon Elledge 6-4 260 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

OL — Jake Ellis 6-3 290 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

OL — Alex Harrison 6-2 285 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

OL — Jake Walker 6-2 240 Sr., Naples First Baptist

OL — Jaime Rodriguez 5-11 260 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

UT — Garrett Young 6-1 180 Sr., TampaCambridge

K — Josh Brower 6-0 180 Jr., Jupiter Christian

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL — Brian Carter 6-2 227 Jr., Vero Beach St Edwards

DL — Fisher Jones 6-1 215 Sr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian

DL — Josh Coleman 6-2 260 Sr., JacksonvilleUniversity Christian

LB — Chris Leon 6-3 220 Sr., Tallahassee FAMU

LB — Kevin Dawson 6-1 225 Sr., TallahasseeNorth Florida Christian

LB — Javaris Carrigan 6-0 210 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Day

LB — Jaylyn McKinney 6-1 210 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

DB — J.T. Davis 5-11 170 Sr., South Daytona Warner Christian

DB — Kevon Spence 5-9 180 Sr. Belle Glade Glades Day

DB — Armunz Matthews 6-0 185 Jr., Tallahassee FAMU

DB — Jethro Francois 5-11 185 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian

UT — Carson Pearlman 6-2 215 Sr., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian

P — Rhett Criswell 6-1 182 Sr., Jacksonville Eagle's View

 

HONORABLE MENTION

RB Korey Charles 6-1 180 Jr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; RB Gabe Walker 5-11 190 Jr., Winter Garden Foundation Academy; RB Chris Caesar 5-7 165 So., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian; RB Ojay Cummings 5-7 150 Jr., Leesburg First Academy; WR Adrian Hill 6-0 170 Sr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; WR Kenny Burris 5-10 165 Sr., Monticello Aucilla Christian; UT E'Andre Smith 5-9 175 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian; OL Omar Calderon 6-2 250 Jr., South Daytona Warner Christian; OL Dallas Pope 5-11 290 Sr., Lakeland Victory Christian; DL Jarod Johnson 6-3 230 Sr., Dade Christian; LB Tre Dez Jones 6-1 215 Jr., Tallahassee North Florida Christian; LB Joseph Sparacio 5-10 180 So., Naples First Baptist; DB Chris Brown 5-11 180 Jr., Jacksonville Duval Charter; DB Jack Dixson 6-0 165 Fr. Orlando Cornerstone Charter; DB Eric Howell 6-0 185 Jr., Fort Myers Evangelical Christian; UT Fiante Bell 5-9 175 Sr., St Petersburg Northside Christian; DB Darius Irvin 6-0 200 Sr., Winter Garden Foundation Academy.

AP Class 1A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 1A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB - Brycen Lee 6-5 180 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

RB - Jarkiece Davis 5-9 190 Sr., Port St Joe

RB - Julian Robinson 5-11 190 Jr., CrossCityDixieCounty

RB - Keandre Lett 5-9 170 Sr., Bratt Northview

WR - Alex Smith 5-10 170 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

WR - Kayne Hurst 6-1 185 Jr., Mayo Lafayette

OL - Teyler Sexton 6-2 270 Sr., Baker

OL - Marlon Stephens 6-0 235 Jr., Vernon

OL - Larry Blue 6-2 300 Sr., CrescentCity

OL - Chance Jowers 6-2 255 Sr., Graceville

OL - Tyler Corbin 6-2 250 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

UT - Hamp Cheevers 5-11 155 Jr., Trenton

K - Israel Grande 6-0 190 Sr., West Gadsden

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL - Trey Simmons 5-11 250 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

DL - Alden McClellan 5-11 180 Sr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DL - Kade Rogers 6-0 200 Jr., Trenton

DL - Steven Matthews 6-0 275 Jr., Blountstown

LB - Montae Barto 6-1 220 Jr., Baker

LB - Darrius Peterson 6-1 220 Jr., Vernon

LB - Cole Cryderman 6-0 205 Sr., Port St Joe

LB - Marcel Johnson 6-0 215 Jr., Port St Joe

DB - Austin Brown 6-4 200 Sr., Vernon

DB - Tim Fleming 6-1 170 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

DB - Brooks Martin 5-11 175 Jr., Trenton

UT - La'Marcus Webb 5-9 175 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

P - Dillon Bates 6-2 190 Jr., Freeport

 

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB - Jonathan Ortner 6-1 185 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

RB - Dadrian Ellis 5-11 190 Jr., CrescentCity

RB - Braden Cross 5-10 170 Jr., Jay

RB - Lee Jones 5-10 225 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

WR - Gunner Chaires 5-8 155 Sr., Hilliard

WR - Franklin Williams 6-2 175 So., LakeButlerUnionCounty

OL - Will Ramsey 6-2 215 Jr., Port St Joe

OL - Riley Burke 6-0 300 Sr., Port St Joe

OL - Hunter Hill 6-0 245 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

OL - Codie Habarek 6-2 240 Jr., Freeport

OL - Tucker Harrington 6-2 280 Sr., Jay

UT - Kentwan Daniels 6-1 190 Jr., JasperHamiltonCounty

K - Freddy Galvan 5-9 145 Sr., Pierson Taylor

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL - Joseph Merriex 6-2 265 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DL - Tre McCleese 6-1 215 Jr., Trenton

DL - Corey Durden 6-4 250 Jr., Newberry

DL - Josh Smith 5-10 270 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

LB - Myles Byrd 5-10 185 Sr., Mayo Lafayette

LB - James Horsley 6-1 175 Sr., CrossCityDixieCounty

LB - Deangelo Robinson 5-8 205 Sr., JasperHamiltonCounty

LB - William Hayes 5-4 145 Sr., BristolLibertyCounty

DB - Joe Ledo-Massey 6-0 195 Sr., Santa RosaBeach South Walton

DB - Isaiah Johnson 6-1 175 Jr., LakeButlerUnionCounty

DB - Jak Riley 5-10 175 Sr., Port St Joe

UT- Jarrod Beckwith 6-1 175 Jr., BristolLibertyCounty

P — Bryce Jenkins 6-4 190 Jr., Hilliard

 

HONORABLE MENTION

QB Quantrezz Knight 6-1 180 Jr., West Gadsen; QB Caleb Cox 6-2 175 Sr., Lake Butler Union County; QB Jon Beck 6-3 180 Jr., Baker; RB Ja'Vontai Hall 5-8 160 So., Cottondale; RB Antwan Durn 5-10 185 Jr., Lake Butler Union County; RB Rashard Ranie 6-1 170 Sr., Wewahitchka; OL Hunter Harrison 6-4 290 Sr., Bristol Liberty County; UT James Bowers 5-10 225 Sr., Cross City Dixie County; K Marcus Mannerstedt 6-1 175Jr., Trenton; DL Ja'lin Parks 6-3 265 So., Newberry; DL Marquez Johnson 6-2 215 Sr., Port St Joe; LB Tyler Sistrunk 6-1 202 Sr., Bronson; LB Brandon Land 6-2 180 Sr., Cross City Dixie County; LB AJ Davis 6-3 230 Jr., Graceville; LB Anthony Wyrick 5-11 175 Sr., Blountstown; UT Aaron Paul 6-2 180 So., Port St Joe ; UT D'Vonta O'Neal 6-1 185 Sr., Vernon.

December 22, 2014

Broward County defeats Utah to become the 8th Grade champs

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NAPLES - Broward County-FL defeated Utah, 35-24 in the 8th Grade Football University National Championship (FBUNC) Game at Naples High School in Naples, Florida. With the win, Broward County-FL earns the title of 2014 8th grade FBU National Champions.

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The 8th Grade Football University National Championship game, televised by NBC Sports Network, proved worthy of the national audience. The high-energy event started with a turnover when Utah QB Cooper Legas (Provo, UT) fumbled near his own 40-yard line on the first play from scrimmage, and Broward County took over. The hometown squad immediately moved down the field and QB Nik Scalzo (Parkland, FL) hit WR Christopher Benestad (Coconut Creek, FL) with a 15-yard touchdown pass, putting the team ahead 7-0 after K Billy McConnell’s (Plantation, FL) successful field goal attempt. Utah bounced back quickly with a 47-yard pass, setting up WR Dane Christiansen to snare a 20-yard TD pass from Legas, followed by a two-point conversion run by DB Chuck Alatini (West Valley, UT). Broward responded when RB James Cook (Coconut Creek, FL) sprinted 43 yards off a short pass by Legas, giving the Florida team the lead 15-8 after a two-point conversion. Entering the second quarter, Utah drove to the one-yard line but Broward got the ball back on downs. Utah regained possession, drove back down the field and RB Jacob Shaver (Riverton, UT) bolted up the middle for a ten-yard touchdown, taking the lead 16-15 with a two-point conversion at the half. Broward’s Cook raced 17 yards for a touchdown to start the third quarter, putting them back on top 21-16. A resilient Utah team marched right back down the field to take the lead on a two-yard quarterback plunge by Legas, and after a two-point conversion, Utah led 24-21 at the end of the third quarter. RB Nayquan Wright (Coconut Creek, FL) bolted 74 yards down the right sideline in the fourth quarter and after another successful McConnell kick, Broward was back on top 28-24. Wright sealed the deal with an 11-yard TD run and a 35-24 lead, earning him the Most Valuable Player Award.

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AWARDS Naples Marco Island Everglades MVP: Running Back Nayquan Wright (Coconut Creek, FL) *Ran for 94 yards with seven carries and two touchdowns.

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The FBU National Championship (FBUNC) weekend kicked off Friday December 19th at Fleischmann Park in Naples, Florida. During the first two weekends of December, 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket—6th, 7th and 8th grade) each comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area, played in four rounds of intense football games across the nation. Of those 192 teams, the final four teams in each age bracket earned the trip to Naples to compete for the 2014 FBU National Championship. The structure of the Football University (FBU) National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness. This year’s tournament marks the fourth year of the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes, and 1,200 coaches. The tournament showcased 250 games through a three-week period, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.

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December 19, 2014

Northwestern hires Max Edwards as new football coach

            Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.

            The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.

            Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.

Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.

Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.

            During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim “Ice” Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater.

            Edwards replaces Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading            them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.

            Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.

December 18, 2014

TOC visits Holtz Children's Hospital, spreading holiday cheer

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MIAMI - It was all about spreading holiday cheer and spending time with those who battle to survive every day.

On Wednesday, the Tournament of Champions and the Miami-Dade All-Star Game, made an appearance at Holtz Children's Hospital, hosted by UHealth Sports Medicine.

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Along with TOC Founder Wesley Frater and many of his staff members, the event was highlighted by the appearance of Warren Henry Miami-Dade Player of the Year, Hilton Joseph, who will quarterback the North squad in Saturday night's (7:00) annual event at Curtis Park in Miami.

Joseph, who set records in his two seasons as a starter at North Miami, leading the Pioneers to a pair of district championships and an 18-4 record, talked with youngsters, nurses and administrators and was the perfect ambassador for the game, community and for high school athletes in general.

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"The smile on their faces when they saw Hilton was tremendous," said Frater. "He is certainly one of those young men who was the perfect representative for this game and for what we are trying to convey to all of south Florida."

Joseph's visit gave him the opportunity to see exactly what these youngsters had to live with every day - and to understand how the nurses and administrators continue to save lives and boost spirits.

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December 17, 2014

Warren Henry Auto Group Honors North Miami QB Hilton Joseph As Player of the Year

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(L to R): City Of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Ed Williams, North Miami Football Coach; Hilton Joseph; and Warren Henry Zinn, CEO, Warren Henry Auto Group.

MIAMI - Warren Henry Auto Group, South Florida’s premier luxury Auto Group, and Tournament of Champions, Inc., awarded Hilton Joseph, Quarterback for North Miami Senior High School, the Miami-Dade County “Warren Henry Player of the Year” award on December 15.

Also named in the final five for the award were Rashad Fenton (Miami Carol City), Maurice Alexander (Miami Booker T. Washington), Donavan Thompson (Miami Central) and Shakur Cooper (Coral Gables).

Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions, Inc. are also the official sponsor of the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game at Curtis Park Sports Complex taking place on Dec. 20. The game has produced such NFL players as Brandon Harris, Roscoe Parrish, Asante Samuels, Geno Smith and numerous other NFL and NCAA athletes. South Florida is known as the top community for scholastic football, producing more NFL athletes than any other area in the country. Warren Henry Auto Group now adds prestige and honor to the selection of the Player of the Year award as this is considered the local Heisman Trophy award.

“The South Florida High School football players lead a healthy lifestyle, work hard and have true passion and love for the game, mirroring the values of Warren Henry Auto Group and making this a natural partnership,” said Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. "We are excited to team up with the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game and support this first class event for the cities of Miami and Miramar, and couldn't be more proud to support Tournament of Champions, Inc. in their efforts to honor these incredible football players.”

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(L to R): Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Zinn, Hilton Joseph, and Larry Blustein, South Florida High School Sports, WQAM Radio and The Miami Herald.

About Warren Henry Auto Group Celebrating their 38th anniversary, Warren Henry Auto Group is headquartered in Miami, Florida with seven North and South Florida franchises including Audi Gainesville, Warren Henry Infiniti, Warren Henry Jaguar, Fisker Miami, Land Rover North Dade, Land Rover South Dade and Lamborghini Palm Beach. Warren Henry Auto Group’s corporate office is located at 20860 NW 2nd Avenue (Hwy. 441) in Miami. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit www.warrenhenryauto.com.

Miami Dolphins celebrate the theme of Play 60 For Ravens Game

As part of the NFL’s continuing initiative to encourage youth to live health lifestyles, the Miami Dolphins celebrated the theme of Play 60 during the team’s home game against the Ravens on Dec. 7 at Sun Life Stadium. The Miami Dolphins invited 12 students from Henry Reeves Elementary in Miami Dade, Welleby Elementary in Broward and Gove Elementary in Palm Beach County to come out to the game. They ran out of the tunnel during our pregame, stood on the field for the national anthem and did push ups in the end zone every time the Dolphins scored during the first half of the game.

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Photos Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Honor Youth, High School Player, Coach of the Week During Ravens Game

All season, the Miami Dolphins have continued to step up by recognizing top youth football players, coaches and teams - as well as area high school players, coaches and football programs. On Dec. 7, when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens, more were added as they were introduced to a huge crowd at Sun Life Stadium.

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The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u from the Mid Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference were honored on the field by the Miami Dolphins as Coach Philbin’s Youth Team of the Week presented by Walgreens during the Dolphins home game against the Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 7. The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u coach is Jay Williams.  

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Among those that were honored by Troy Drayton and the Dolphins, presented by Under Armour, were running back Marcus Barthell of the Miami Youth Hurricanes Midgets 14u in the Greater Miami Pop Warner League, cornerback James Oliphant of St. Thomas Aquinas High School was honored as the High School Player of the Week, and Chris Merritt of Christopher Columbus High School, who was honored as the High School Coach of the Week.

Marcus Barthell is coached by Coach Brown and James Oliphant is coached by Rocco Casullo.

Photos Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

December 16, 2014

December 11, 2014

BTW's Tim Harris, Jr. among U.S. Army Coach of the Year finalist

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ROCKAWAY, N.J. — The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has announced the six finalists for the 2015 USAAAB National Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Show on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. The award honors the nation’s top high school football coach for exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills, as well as acknowledging his role as a positive influence to young Americans on and off the field.

Tim Harris, Jr., who guided Miami's Booker T. Washington to its third straight state title in his first year as head coach, is one of the finalists. The Tornadoes beat Jacksonville Bolles last weekend to wrap up a 14-0 record.

“The ability to lead is a highly valued trait, and one that is of utmost importance to the U.S. Army,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “These coaches exemplify superb leadership skills in training, educating and guiding their players both on and off the field. We’re proud to recognize these coaches and congratulate them on this honor.”

2015 USAAAB National Coach of the Year Award Finalists:
Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle High School - Concord, CA.
Tim “Ice” Harris, Jr., Booker T. Washington High School - Miami
Matt Logan, Centennial High School - Corona, CA
Lance Pogue, South Panola High School - Batesville, MS.
Tony Sanchez, Bishop Gorman High School - Las Vegas, NV
Tom Westerberg, Allen High School - Allen, TX

For 15 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2014 NFL draft, there were a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, Gatorade, San Antonio Visitors Bureau, 247Sports, XOS Digital, NCSA, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, EvoShield, 23 Blast Movie, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include the National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Wind Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Concert Percussion and DeMoulin Uniforms.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit usarmyallamericanbowl.com and goarmy.com/events/aab or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at facebook.com/USArmyAllAmericanBowl, facebook.com/USAAAMB and twitter.com/armyallamerican.