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Riverside's Suber nominated for national honor

POSTED: December 3, 2008 5:00 a.m.

After leading Riverside Military Academy to the playoffs in his first season, Julian Suber is being acknowledged nationally for his accomplishments.

On Tuesday, the junior running back was nominated for the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year.

According to a press release, the award is given to high school football players who go beyond the call of duty, and who elevate their play during critical situations.

Suber certainly can say he did that.

In his first year at Riverside after transferring from Brookwood High in Snellville, Suber rushed for a team-high 1,729 yards and 18 touchdowns and completed 85 percent of his passes as the team’s starting quarterback at the beginning of the year.

"We set the whole offense around him at quarterback," said Riverside coach Chris Lancaster, who moved Suber to running back when Lucas Bersin became the team’s starting quarterback. "Julian’s a natural running back and he just had one terrific year.

"He had a lot on his shoulders and he carried us," Lancaster added. "Week in and week out he went beyond the call of duty."

Along with complimenting his abilities on the football field, Lancaster also said that Suber, who scored a touchdown four different ways (rushing, passing, receiving and returning) during a game against Banks County this year, is an "all around good kid with good character."

Those are also qualifications that allowed Suber to be nominated for the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year award, which is given to athletes who embody leadership, performance and desire and serve as examples to their teammates on and off the field according to the press release.

Along with being nominated for the award, Suber is eligible to be named one of the 50 National Players of the Year, and if he is selected as the Red Zone Player of the Year, he will be honored in a full page feature in USA Today in February.



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