AJ's Jackson honored with Old Spice Award

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Vols football standout

By The Staff



Tremaine Jackson’s comeback season for the Andrew Jackson High School football team has earned a nomination as an Old Spice Player of the Year.

Jackson, a senior, returned to the Volunteers’ football team this season after suffering a compound fracture in his right fibula while blocking on a play in AJ’s 2009 clash with county rival Buford.

The surgery required three surgical screws and one steel rod, but Jackson returned to play basketball last winter and compete on the AJ track team in the spring.

During AJ’s 2010 football season under then interim coach David Moore, Jackson was a stellar performer on both sides of the football and special teams.

An All-Region IV-AA selection, Jackson, a 5-9, 165-pound performer, had 34 catches for 542 yards, a 16-yard average.

He also rushed for 253 yards on 25 carries for a 10-yard average. His punt and kickoff returns computed to 250 yards. Jackson was also selected to The Lancaster News’ all-county first-team offense for the 2010 season.

“This is a great honor for Tremaine. He’s a great kid,” Moore said. “He’s a coach on the field and, with all of our injuries this season, filled in everywhere on each side of the ball this season.

“Tremaine did so much for this team this season and he will be hard to replace,” Moore said. “Any parent would be proud to have him as a son.”

As a result of this achievement, Jackson is among a select group of players who are eligible to be selected as a national Old Spice Player of the Year and be honored in a full-page feature in USA Today.

For the 10th straight year, Old Spice is recognizing high school football players who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The program honors athletes who are able to elevate their play and step up when the heat is really on.

These athletes embody leadership, performance and desire, and serve as examples to their teammates on and off the field.

High school coaches across the country are naming one player from their team as their player of the year. Each team’s player of the year will receive a certificate to acknowledge his accomplishment.

He was also eligible to be named one of 50 national Players of the Year.

The top 50 players nationwide will be named Old Spice Players of the Year and will receive a plaque and other awards.

The Old Spice Player of the Year program is nationally sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the makers of Old Spice Deodorant.

The program is created and managed by 360 Youth, LLC, an Alloy company.