2017 ALL-USA Florida Football Team – USA TODAY High School Sports
By: USA TODAY High School Sports | December 27, 2017
USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Florida Football Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2017-18 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR: Rodney Wells, Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
A defensive mastermind, Wells led the Panthers to a 13-2 record and the Class 8A state title, the first in program history. The former Syracuse linebacker’s squad didn’t even need an offensive touchdown—the first Florida title team in 15 years to turn that trick—to beat Delray Beach Atlantic in the final, 17-7, improving to 81-14 in Wells’ seven seasons.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lorenzo Lingard, University (Orange City)
Ranked as the No. 2 running back recruit in the nation, Lingard rushed for 1,701 yards and 26 touchdowns on 207 carries. The Miami-bound senior was named a U.S. Army All-American and earned the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
QB Bryce Carpenter (6-1, 200, Sr.), Venice
RB Lorenzo Lingard (6-1, 195, Sr.), University (Orange City)
RB Shaun Shivers (5-7, 170, Sr.), Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood)
WR Justin Watkins (5-11, 185, Sr.), East Ridge (Clermont)
WR Jacob Copeland (6-0, 190, Sr.), Escambia (Pensacola)
TE Keon Zipperer (6-3, 235, Jr.), Lakeland
OL Nicholas Petit-Frere (6-6, 270, Sr.), Berkeley Prep (Tampa)
OL Richard Gouraige (6-5, 270, Sr.), Cambridge Christian (Tampa)
OL Delone Scaife (6-4, 285, Sr.), Southridge (Miami)
OL John Campbell (6-5, 285, Sr.), Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
OL Will Putnam (6-4, 285, Jr.), Plant (Tampa)
QB Wyatt Rector (6-4, 220, Sr.), Leesburg
RB Brian Snead (6-0, 205, Sr.), Armwood (Seffner)
RB Tyler Dittmer (5-8, 185, Jr.), Gulf Breeze
WR Jaivon Heiligh (6-2, 190, Sr.), Venice