Kublanow, who has committed to Georgia, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside teammate and standout running Tyren Jones and 88 other top players from the nation.
When asked about being selected, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Kublanow was caught off-guard, indicating that it was the first time he’s heard then news.
“Wow, awesome,” Kublanow said. “I’m really excited. It would be an honor to win anything, really. I have worked really hard and I work out every day for four to five hours. I’m excited and happy.”
The Doc Blanchard and Glen Davis Award was named after Blanchard and Davis, who were a running back tandem for Army in the 1940s. The award goes to the athlete known for setting high standards in community service, education and athletic distinction.
The award will be presented at the All-American Bowl Awards Dinner on Jan. 4 in San Antonio and the Bowl game will be played the following day at the Alamodome. Last year’s All-American Bowl game drew nearly 40,000 fans and drew higher ratings on television than any sport with the exception of the NFL playoffs.
Current NFL players have made stops at the All-American Bowl including Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
And Kublanow’s style of play has NFL potential if he continues to develop.
He started getting noticed last season as a junior last season when he helped guide the Raiders to an undefeated regular season record and their first trip to the state finals.
Nicknamed “The Finisher,” Kublanow is known for finishing holes and making aggressive pancake blocks.
He had offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina but commited to Georgia in May.
Kublanow’s tenacious approach to playing the offensive front line has helped pave the way for Jones, who rushed for 2,875 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns (36 total) last season.
Many expected the twosome to have a repeat performance in 2012, but injuries interfered.
Jones sprained his knee against Etowah on Nov. 2 and missed the remaining two games of the season.
Kublanow missed the latter part of the regular season with an ankle injury. Although he played in Walton’s 20-17 overtime loss to Parkview in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs, he wasn’t full strength.