2026’s Mikalen Troyer is being compared to Travis Frederick | Youth1

2026’s Mikalen Troyer is being compared to Travis Frederick

Mikalen Troyer is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2026.

 

The 4-foot-10, 80-pound Troyer is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a center, offensive tackle and defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Jags.  

 

No matter the opponent, on each snap Troyer is determined to give it his all.

 

Troyer is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Troyer steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to point out each lineman’s responsibility and make sure we’re blocking correctly, to get a good snap to the quarterback and dominate my man,” Troyer said. “I want to make the opponent have to work for everything they get.”

 

Troyer has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Troyer tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.

 

“I love being able to play my positions the best I can and dominate the opponent to help my team win football games,” Troyer said. “Plus I enjoy the brotherhood I have with all of my teammates.”

 

Troyer has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Football has taught me so much about life in general,” Troyer said. “It has taught me that life is harder than you think and to never give up no matter what. If you trust in yourself you can make your dreams come true.”

 

Troyer recalls his favorite football memory.

 

“My favorite memory is winning the Super Bowl because it was the first time I was a champion,” Troyer said. “It was a special moment that I’ll never forget.”

 

Stephon Mcdowell is in his first season coaching Troyer for the Tampa Bay Jags organization.

 

Mcdowell explains the best parts of Troyer’s game.

 

“Mick plays center and offensive Tackle. The best part of his game is his ability to read the defense and call the blocking scheme as were on the O-line. Very smart kid,  hard worker, quick feet, and explosive at the point of contact,” Mcdowell said. “Mick’s technique is text book, from the first play of the game to the last play of the game.  He is fundamentally sound, perfect 3 point stance, always hikes the ball perfect from undercenter to shotgun. He knows what steps to take with with blocking, his hands placement is good, as well as his leverage.”

 

Troyer takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Troyer makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“I try my best every day to be the best teammate and leader I can be for the team,” Troyer said. “I try to help out with advice to any teammates who needs help on any specific plays. I tell my teammates to stay focused no matter and stay hungry.”

 

Mcdowell adds that Troyer is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“Mick is a lead by example kid, not much of a talker. Mick’s work ethic speaks volume of his ability as a football player, great character kid,” Mcdowell said. “When a teammate is in need,  Mick is the first one to help with whatever he can, as well as motivate a teammate when they’re unable to finish a drill. Mick will encourage them to push through.”

 

Troyer is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.

 

“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches on how to be a better football player and a better person off the field,” Troyer said. “My coaches always tell me to be respectful to my elders, teammates and opponents.”

 

Mcdowell is an advocate of Troyer’s capabilities.

 

“So far this season, countless plays,” Mcdowell said. “I remember one game in particular against the CFAA Mustangs, where Mick came to play. He’s small in stature, but he makes up with his will to be great. In this game, the D-Linemen had him outweighed by 30 pounds. Mick stepped up to the challenge and blocked perfect the whole game.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Troyer also has a high level of football IQ as well.

 

Troyer has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.

 

“Mick’s football IQ is phenomenal for his age,” Mcdowell said.”He has an older brother who plays the same position for Armwood High School who teaches him the small fundamentals of being great and it shows on the field.”

 

Troyer is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.

 

“Mick’s work ethic is great,” Mcdowell said. “Hard worker, will always do the right thing even when no one is watching.”

 

Mcdowell explains why he compares Troyer to this player.

 

“I would compare him to Travis Frederick from the Cowboys because he’s a very smart player and very aggressive,” Mcdowell said.

 

Troyer patterns his mentality after the standout.

 

“Travis Frederick always dominates who lines up in front of him,” Troyer said. “That’s the way I want to play. The opponent always has to know where he is at all times on the field.”

 

Troyer is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.

 

“I want to win championships and be the best player and person I can be on and off the football field,” Troyer said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”

Troyer has his sights set on becoming an Alabama Crimson Tide.

 

“It would be an honor to play for Nick Saban and continue the winning tradition at Alabama,” Troyer said. “Winning a national title at Alabama would be really amazing.”

 

Mcdowell outlines the next areas of improvement for Troyer.

 

“Areas of improvement would be to be more of a vocal leader,” Mcdowell said. “Outside of that he’s a great player and he’s already got all the tools to be special.”

 

Mcdowell believes the sky is the limit as long as Troyer continues to stay hungry.  

 

“Mick has the potential to go as far as he wants, and that’s on the field and off,” Mcdowell said. “I say that because he’s the kid that will work hard even when know one is looking.”

 

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