By JOSH FRYE
Escambia Academy senior football player Jason “Jaybo” Davis shined brightly during the 2020 United States Football Association (USFA) All-American Game played January 4 at Rocky Top Sports Complex in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The USFA All-American game is composed of two 11-man teams chosen from private school players from across the country.
Last year, EA had three players chosen for the team, while Davis was the only player chosen to represent the Cougars this year.
In addition to being chosen for the team, Davis was also named as the 2019 All-American Linebacker of the Year.
While a complete list of game stats was not made available for Davis, he scored a 15-yard rushing touchdown.
“It is a high honor for me to be nominated and chosen,” Davis said. “I was grateful and honored to be able to represent my school in such an important game and to be named as an All-American player of the year.”
According to Davis, the team of which he was a member had two practice days before the All-Star game.
“It was a different experience, playing with guys that I didn’t know,” Davis said. “We had such a small amount of time to get to know each other before we were playing in an actual game with one another. The highlight for me was meeting other players from all over and having the chance to learn new things.”
Davis plans to pursue a college athletic scholarship upon graduating from EA. He stressed that Cougars head coach and headmaster Hugh Fountain has been one of his biggest role-models.
“I have not had the opportunity to talk to Coach Fountain yet since returning,” Davis said. “Coach is always pushing us to be the best that we can be. On top of that, he always pushes us to be good men and to always do the right thing.”