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Trojan twins steal the show at Junior Bowl

By Ken K. Green Lance and Lawrence Austin made their presence known at the RisingSeniors. com Georgia Junior Bowl East/West All-Star Game played at Grady Stadium in Atlanta last week, helping the West team to a 10-7 win. Lawrence, who served as a captain for the West, had a key reception for a first down to keep a drive alive. Lance broke up a pair of deep passes, including one in the end zone, to keep the East from scoring a go-ahead touchdown. The Lamar County Trojan twin brothers were noticed by the media early on in the week as they were mentioned in both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Macon Telegraph. After the first day of practice the AJC said, ‘Everybody talked about another set of twins, the Berry brothers (Elliot and Evan of Creekside High School). The Austin twins, Lawrence and Lance, stole the show in the secondary. They are both around 5’10’ or 5’9′ and 175 pounds but will knock the tar out of you.’ In an interview with the Telegraph, Lance said the experience was not just about playing in the game, ‘You can’t just go to college thinking about the NFL or anything like that. It has to be a step-by-step process. This week has really helped us prepare for that.’ Several events during the week leading up to the game on the campus of Georgia Tech included Training Camp For Life, a series of interactive sessions and seminars led by active and former NFL players. The week was planned out to the minute. Players had to wake up early, just like they will have to as they get older. There were SAT/ACT preparation classes and even a class on financial literacy. Guest speakers tried to give messages to the players every day, ranging from inspirational talks to NCAA eligibility. The bowl game, formed by an alliance with the NFL Players Association through its founders Joe Burns, who played with the Buffalo Bills, and Izell Reese, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Buffalo, showcased the top high school junior football players Georgia. The purpose is to enhance student athletes’ recruiting exposure before their senior year and aid in their development academically, athletically and socially. The Austins both have offers from South Carolina, Marshall University and South Alabama and are considered to be a heavy lean towards the Gamecocks. Their exposure in the Junior Bowl is likely to garner them more attention as they play their senior season for the Trojans in 2013.

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