Bob Jones QB Battles to Return from Shoulder Injury

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The early returns on two weeks of high school football show the Bob Jones Patriots are one of the area’s most impressive squads so far.

They certainly have leaders on the field, including a starting quarterback who simply refused to throw in the towel.

“I kind of pouted about it for a while,” said Tyler Whalen.

No one could blame Whalen for getting the blues last fall.  A devastating shoulder injury in week two knocked him out for the rest of the 2012 campaign, erasing months of hard work that had won him the starting job.

“Just had to work real hard, just throwing, going to rehab and getting back ready for the spring game,” said Whalen.

But the long road to recovery was a journey well worth it for No. 15, who credits his faith in Christ for not giving up.  One year later, he’s back at full strength, tossing three touchdowns and running for three more in the Patriots 2-0 start.

“I think he’s been very motivated,” said Kevin Rose, the team’s head football coach. “I think he wants to be the number one quarterback at Bob Jones, and he’s certainly earned that position, and he’s played very well the first two weeks.”

“I kind of had to come out prove myself this year, because I didn’t have anything to go off from last year, and I just want to come out, make a statement, and lead our team,” said Whalen.

Bob Jones travels to Florence this Friday, September 13.