IMG Academy's inaugural season was a successful campaign that saw the team finish 9-2 overall, and among the leaders in the state of Florida in total offense and defense. On the heels of an impressive inaugural season, many of the players caught the attention of local and national writers alike, especially the international contingent of players on the roster.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael O'Connor rolled to his left and wedged a pass into a space between two defenders that only Bo Scarbrough could grab.
The high school teammates connected on a 32-yard pass play that set up a touchdown - and breathing room - for Team Highlight in the annual Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
Highlight defeated Team Nitro 31-21, with the O'Connor to Scarbrough connection aiding the victory.
Today at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., dozens of the most elite college football prospects will square off to showcase their skills before a nationally televised audience. Among the players taking the field today are IMG Academy's own QB Michael O'Connor and RB Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough led the team in rushing with 1,118 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns as the team finished the season with an incredible 9-2 mark in its inaugural season.
NEW YORK (December 16, 2013) – IMG, the global sports, fashion, and media company, announced today a new relationship with Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the No. 1 hospital in orthopedics, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report (2013-14) and a leader in rehabilitation. Together the two industry leaders will provide a robust athlete rehabilitation program focused on diagnosis, treatment, accelerated injury recovery, and injury prevention, while collaborating to take the area of sports rehabilitation research and innovation to the next level.
On Wednesday evening, the IMG Academy Football program held its first-ever banquet to reflect on its inaugural season and honor its senior members. The night's program included a special presentation of framed jerseys to each member of the senior class, as well as a number of awards for those student-athletes who displayed great leadership on and off the field. Rising senior linebackers Nick Thomas and John Tauber were also named co-captains for the 2014 season.
Award recipients included:
During the month of December, a group comprised of 14 members of Puebla, Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey (TEC) Rams football team spent a week training with IMG Academy’s experienced staff of football coaches and physical conditioning experts.
Following its impressive inaugural season, IMG Academy has announced it will add a junior varsity squad to complement its varsity team for the 2014 season.
“We look forward to extending our football program to provide more opportunities for student-athletes to develop in what we believe to be the nation’s best college preparatory program,” said IMG Academy Director of Football and head coach Chris Weinke, an NFL veteran and former Heisman Trophy winner.
During the spring, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hit the road to get a head start on their spring training at IMG Academy. For four days, the Riders utilized IMG Academy's state-of-the-art facilities to evaulate their younger players, check on their veterans and acclimate American players to Canadian rules.
BAYSHORE GARDENS -- When IMG Academy decided to compete in high school football, there were many questions about the type of program the private sports academy in Manatee County would have.
After the Ascenders finished their inaugural season at 8-2, the answers are clear.
2013 marked the inaugural season for the IMG Academy Ascenders varsity football team. Led by Head Coach Chris Weinke, the team finished the season at 8-2.
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