Gurley, Ala. - (WHNT) By nature, a quarterback is usually the vocal leader on any offense. Tyler Gurley may be an exception, but that's no knock on his ability.
"He just doesn't say much and has been quiet his whole career," Madison County head coach Scott Peavey said. "He had a huge interception for us in the state semifinals as a sophomore. He just put his head and the ball down and walked off the field like it was supposed to happen."
That kind of attitude is contagious for other players on the team. Even the guys who normally talk a lot during games are looking to Gurley for leadership.
"A lot of times we have to push him to be a leader because he is the quarterback," Peavey said this week at practice. "His demeanor is he leads by example and everybody trys to follow him. Especially when he gets fired up, everyone gets fired up."
It's so rare for Gurley to make noise, he even stayed away from his head coach early on.
"Most people see me and they don't think I'm real quiet or stuff, but I won't say much unless I get to know you or something. I didn't talk to coach until like my junior year in high school."
Gurley and the Tigers play Etowah Friday with a home playoff game on the line.