As Deon Grant stood up at the lectern and gave advice to all listeners, Donquell Green realized Grant’s eyes kept looking over his way.
The Burke County star then did some quick detective work and deduced that the award was going to be his.
Grant, the former Josey star who won titles in high school, college and the NFL, then made it official as he called up Green to receive the 2012 Deon Grant Player of the Year Award.
Green and the rest of the area’s best high school football players were honored during the annual All-Area Football Banquet, which was held Thursday night at the Legends Club and was presented by The Augusta Chronicle and the Augusta Sports Council. The event was held in partnership with Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, American Family Insurance and Augusta Coca-Cola.
“I had a feeling,” Green said. “This makes me want to practice even harder.”
This season, Green led the Bears to a Class AAAA state quarterfinal appearance. Augusta Christian’s Tyler Roberson, the Independent Player of the Year, and North Augusta’s Trey Morgan, the South Carolina Player of the Year, were also up for the Deon Grant Award.
But Green, a junior, dominated this season by throwing for 1,399 yards and rushing for 1,827 yards.
He also starred on special teams and made some big plays on defense.
Evans’ Jacob Rizner was another individual high school winner on Thursday, as the senior was named the Augusta Sports Council Punter of the Year for the second consecutive season. Rizner averaged 42.5 yards per punt and was also a leading receiver.
After the banquet, Rizner talked with another punter who went back-to-back: Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen, the winner of consecutive Ray Guy Awards.
“It’s really awesome,” Rizner said about winning. “It’s a big award.”