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Jacob Howell of Grand Junction, Colo. wins IMG Academy Boys Soccer Gatorade G-Award Week of July 8

Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential. 

The IMG Academy Boys Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 8 is 16-year-old Jacob Howell from Grand Junction, Colo.

How long have you been playing soccer for?

I've been playing soccer since I was six years old.

Who is your coach?

Coach Marcelo Carrera.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

My favorite thing about IMG Academy is the amount of soccer we play and all of the coaching experience here. It just makes you a better player and without the coaches, you wouldn't be as good as you get.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

I'd rather play on an empty stomach than a full stomach so I usually eat 2-2.5 hours before a game, drink a lot of water to hydrate and just stretch out before a big game.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Cristiano Ronaldo because he's the most complete player in the world.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

I like to go hang out with friends and family after I win a game. 

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

The goal to win and to get as far as I can in my career motivates me to push through a tough practice.