Commentary | Local prep football players make All-Madden Team

jdill@bradenton.comAugust 14, 2012 

Five local high school football players made the 2012 IMG All-Madden Team that was announced on Monday.

Three were on the offensive side of the ball.

They include Sarasota's Evan Wilson (Out-of-Door Academy quarterback); Palmetto's Cory Crawford (Palmetto High wide receiver); and Palmetto's Ja'Juan Pollock (Manatee High wide receiver).

On defense, Bradenton's Raleigh Alexander (Southeast High defensive end) and Palmetto's Sam Hartung (Palmetto High defensive tackle) were chosen.

All five players are rising seniors, and were joined by 22 other players that were selected out of the more than 100 that competed in the mini-camp at IMG Academies July 27-29.

"I told the players at the very beginning that their talent can only take them so far, and their future depended on their hard work and commitment to improving, and this group of young men proved themselves," IMG Director of Football Chris Weinke said in a news release. "We strive to develop players from the ground up, and our staff was able to evaluate the progression of

each athlete, while installing offensive and defensive schemes and concepts through individual and team drills. Ultimately, the athletes named to the 2012 IMG All-Madden Team were chosen for their ability to apply what they were taught on the field, their work ethic, and their leadership abilities."

Building to be dedicated

The East Manatee Youth Football Association, a Pop Warner football program, is holding a building dedication ceremony on its opening day, scheduled for Aug. 25.

The Bulldogs' ceremony of the field house includes a concession area, offices, equipment storage room, a meeting room, merchandise shop and outdoor covered shelter.

It's scheduled to go off between the Pee Wee and Junior Pee Wee games around 1-2 p.m.

The field house is being dedicated in honor and memory of Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, who were members of the Bulldogs, and lost their lives last December.

Visit www.eastmanateebulldogs.com for more information on the ceremony.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.

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