SPECIAL DESIGNATION — Springville’s Tyler Studd (right) has been selected to play in the New York versus New Jersey all-star game. Photo submitted by the Springville-Griffith Institute football department.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute’s varsity football team’s run and breakout season is continuing, with member Tyler Studd’s selection as Springville and New York state representative in the revived New York versus New Jersey all-star football classic.
This game was canceled, prior to this year, but has recently been revamped. During its previous existence, the game produced more than 50 NFL players and more than 100 college all Americans.
“The position we put [Studd] in at defensive end really gave him the opportunity to emerge and standout,” Coach John Sopko said. “I think being a bookend with Brandon Ball really helped. They complemented each other very well. Tyler has the ability to excel at that position in the game, as well as at the college level.”
Studd will spend the week of June 26 – 29 at Palisades Park County Field in New Jersey.
The athlete was an all WNY selection and finalist for the Trench Trophy, which is awarded to the highest-achieving lineman in Western New York. He led Section VI with 13 sacks.
Studd has also been selected to play in the 38th annual Lions All-star High School Football Classic.
“He definitely is quick,” Sopko said. “I think he’s improved his skill set as a defensive end. He brings a natural quickness. He’s a high energy, high motor kid. He’s competitive, so he’s going to come play after play and really challenge any tackle that they put up against him. It’s going to be exciting to see him play in a game like this.”
The 100 highest-ranked players from New Jersey and New York were selected to participate in this game. All will spend four days in New Jersey.
Day one will include a welcome reception, in which where players, families and coaches can meet each other. Day two will include the underclassman seven-on-seven tournament, including many underclassman from New York and Jew Jersey.
On day three, Studd and the 99 other players will practice, before the official game on day four.
Studd said that he is still mulling over a number of college opportunities.