Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alabama Continues Its Clay Connection with Ex-Raider Floyd

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alabama Continues Its Clay Connection with Ex-Raider Floyd

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Former Orange Park High School linebacker Lamont Floyd will see

plenty of action this year for the Alabama Crimson Tide even

though he won't be a starter.

University of Alabama linebacker coach Jeff Rouzie talked about

Floyd and other Clay County connections to the Alabama booster

club at the Holiday Inn in Orange Park last week.

Rouzie said Floyd would be starting for most teams in the

Southeastern Conference except he is playing behind Dwayne Rudd,

a potential All-American.

"Floyd is a good athlete. He is experienced and plays the run

well. He will play at least 20-30 snaps this year, which

includes kickoff and punt coverage. He had an excellent spring

practice," Rouzie said.

Rouzie's other Clay County connection is Orange Park High

School football coach Bob Williams, who coached Rouzie at

Wolfson High School.

"When I played, nobody gave Bob Williams any trouble. He was

bigger than most of the players," Rouzie said. "I have so much

respect for him. He has really helped me in my career."

Williams said Rouzie started for him for three years. In his

senior year, Rouzie was the only two-way starter Williams had.

"Rouzie has to be one of the best athletes I've ever coached,"

Williams said. "He played fullback, defensive end, linebacker

and field goal kicker. We lost the state championship game to

Coral Gables 7-6 one year but Rouzie was unable to play. I

believe that if he could have played then we would have won the

game. Coral Gables was named the national champion that year."

Tight end Kasey Blackwood is the Orange Park High School

representative for the National Football Foundation and College

Hall of Fame scholar athlete award. Blackwood was among 30 North

Florida student athletes nominated for the award. He has a

3.5-point grade average, which made him attractive to various

colleges, including Army.

Other area winners of the award were Chris Johnson of

Middleburg High School and Bryan Love of Clay High School.

Blackwood recently signed a letter of intent with Division II

Wingate College in Wingate, N.C.

Orange Park football coach Bob Williams said Blackwood has the

physical tools to be a good college player. …

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