By USA TODAY High School Sports | October 26, 2016 12:06 pm ET
Auburn commit Austin Troxell is an Under Armour All-American, but he will have to watch the annual showcase from the sideline.
Troxell from Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee during a mid-September game against Westminster Christian. It is the same knee that he injured in the first round of the playoffs last fall, also tearing an ACL. That meant another nine months of rehab.
Ranked as the No. 20 offensive tackle by ESPN, Troxell still got to enjoy the festivities of being chosen when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to high school Wednesday.
He was presented with an honorary jersey in front of family, friends and teammates. He called the invitation a “high honor.”
“I can’t really try to keep my mind off it. It’s always going to be there,” Troxell told SEC Country. “Football is one of the biggest things in my life, and for that to be taken away from me two years in a row, that’s tough. But I’m trying to stay involved with the team still. I want to be a leader still, like I was before, maintain the role I’ve had playing.”
Troxell has served as a player-coach, supporting his teammates every game. Expect the same role in Orlando on Jan. 1 for the Under Armour game and him to continue looking ahead.
“My dream is to max out my potential, be the best player I can be and make it to the NFL,” he said.