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Browns Linebacker D'qwell Jackson works with receivers during a recent WR/ QB session at the IMG Academy football program
Browns Linebacker D'qwell Jackson works with receivers during a recent WR/ QB session at the IMG Academy football program

Campers at the IMG Madden Football Academy relished the moments as high school, collegiate, and pro athletes hit the field together during today's WR/ QB session. Cleveland Browns Linebacker D'qwell Jackson and Baltimore Ravens Cornerback Fabian Washington ran along side Florida State Freshman QB, Clint Trickett and top high school recruit, Jefferson High School's Andre "Freak Show" Davis. Other passers included Bradenton Christian's Dual-threat QB, Sean McCarthy, a senior who is drawing interest from several Ivy League Schools and Summit Christian's Austin Van Es, a Junior participating in the Academy's GameChanger Program. Impassioned Academy Director Chris Weinke, offered up constant instruction as well.

"I love it here. That's why I keep coming back," said Washington, a Bradenton native and Bayshore High School graduate who is returning for his second straight year and will grace the IMG campus through July. Sporting bright yellow and black soccer cleats, Washington said he was watching a World Cup game and liked the way they looked so decided to pick up a pair. "I like them. They're light. I might stick with them for the season."

Andre Davis leaps to make the catch as Coach Chris Weinke looks on

Davis, who is nearing a final decision of his collegiate future, is considering Florida State, South Florida, Miami, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Rutgers among a handful of other BCS schools. By coincidence, he was often found on the other end of Trickett's spirals. Although he occasionally frequents IMG to offer pass catching services to camp quarterbacks, in addition to partaking in the Football Academy's Kickoff Weekend in early June, this was his first time working with NFL players. "It was a great experience. I learned some things and some new things I wasn't thinking about before."

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