Apopka’s Martez Ivey wins national player of year at Army All-American Bowl

(story from the Orlando Sentinel)

Apopka offensive tackle Martez Ivey, rated the top offensive tackle in the country by most recruiting services, won the national player of the year award at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl awards banquet Friday night.
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“While every U.S. Army All-American player has shown excellence both on and off the field, one player has distinguished himself from the rest,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “This year, we would like to recognize Martez Ivey for demonstrating character, leadership and athletic excellence. We congratulate Martez on his achievements and selection as the 2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year.”

Ivey, who was supposed to announced his college choice at Saturday’s Army Bowl at the Alamodome, has decided to postpone his decision. He has said he is down to Auburn and Florida as his final two schools.

Apopka's Martez Ivey has been named the Anthony Munoz National Lineman of the Year. (Charles King, Orlando Sentinel)

Apopka’s Martez Ivey has been named the Anthony Munoz National Lineman of the Year. (Charles King, Orlando Sentinel)

Ivey, a key figure in Apopka making it to the Class 8A state title game three straight years, helped the Darters win their second state crown in his Apopka career last month against Miami Columbus.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle could also receive an in-home visit from LSU coaches sometime between now and the Feb. 4 Natioanl Signing Day.

“Ivey has distinguished himself by embodying both the dedication and drive of Anthony Munoz, and displaying leadership both on and off the field,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “We congratulate Martez on his selection for this prestigious award.”

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection committee added, “Ivey is an elite offensive lineman with extreme athleticism and balance in pass protection. He crushes defenders on the move downfield utilizing his combination of elite strength and rare agility to pave the way well beyond his first assignment off the snap.”

Munoz is regarded by many as the top offensive lineman in professional football history and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame after playing 13 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was honored by being named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team. In college, Munoz starred at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-American in 1978 and 1979.

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