West Lafayette football’s Downey, Roseman reunite as all-stars

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Harrison’s Thomas Urban (93) waits for the snap during the North-South All-Star Classic, Friday, July 15, 2022, at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Alex Martin/Journal and Courier

INDIANAPOLIS– Rick Roseman was honored to be chosen as a coach for the North Dream team.

West Lafayette’s protective planner was much more recognized to reach invested another week coaching JT Downey.

” Another week coaching one of the most effective kids we’ve ever before carried as well as off the area was outstanding,” Roseman said after the yearly North-South All-Star Standard at Ben Davis Friday night. “Seeing the management that we have actually seen for 6 years with our program, to have him apply that with a group of people he’s never seen prior to, he fulfilled every assumption we have.”

Downey was a star linebacker for the Red Devils which’s the setting that made the recent West Side graduate an all-star nod.

But at Marian University, Downey will play receiver.

Friday’s competition was not only one even more chance to play under Roseman’s defensive assistance, it was one last chance to use that side of the sphere.

” It was incredible. It is so much enjoyable to be out below with train Roseman,” Downey said. “Me and also him have actually been together for 4 years, plus a lot more given that I was battling. Just getting the pads on prior to I most likely to Marian is going to be an excellent refresher course for me.”

West Lafayette’s JT Downey drops into coverage during the North-South All-Star Classic Friday, July 15, 2022, at Ben Davis High School. Alex Martin/Journal And Courier

Because of all-star guidelines, Roseman’s protective ideology had to be scaled back.

However that didn’t quit Downey from showcasing what he can throughout the week during methods.

” Every play he would make that he should not make as inside linebacker,” Roseman stated of the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Downey. “He plays sideline to sideline. He is an inside package individual, yet he is making use every sideline play.

” He is so big and so rangy. He is not mosting likely to play protection in college. This is the one last time to stand out pads this way and also he did an excellent work.”

Friday’s contest, a 14-0 victory by the South where the North team was hindered by 3 fumbles, ended Downey’s senior high school career.

One that saw him as the football group’s do-everything player from capturing passes, playing offending line, kicking and also playing protection to the basketball court where he appeared for the first time as an elderly to aid supply size for a younger roster under a first-year head trainer. He was not only one of the area’s fastest sprinters throughout track and field period, he confirmed to be among the state’s ideal long jumpers.

” This week is constantly going to be something I keep in mind,” Downey said. “All these men are extremely cool. I am grateful for this chance. I made a bunch of brand-new good friends. I had lots of fun. This was an excellent week. I can’t complain.”

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