By Chelsa Messinger
At Carver High School, there's definitely high expectations for football. But in the classroom, standards are just as high for Junior Linebacker Tim Whatley.
"He really just breaks the mold of what a typical jock is," said Carver Head Coach Dell McGee.
"Tim Whatley is definitely a different student athlete than that. He's a total person and he kind of sets the example for the younger kids in our program," said McGee.
Whatley has a 4.1 GPA, and is a part of Carver's Math, Science, & Technology Magnet program.
"My favorite subject is Chemistry, I want to be a pharmacist," said Whatley. "I don't really know why. I just like math, and how the letters in balanced equations go together."
Like balancing scientific equations, part of being a good linebacker is making adjustments.
"Yeah I think that's my strength right there. Making adjustments," said Whatley. "I have to tell the defense what to line up and how to line up, and I do it pretty well."
"On defense, we make a lot of checks," said Coach McGee.
"Different signals and calls, based on what the offense is doing, and what formations are given. So our guys have to make those checks and Tim Whatley does a great job of that."
Carver was home to one of the best linebackers in college football: Jarvis Jones.
"He's a good role model," Whatley said. "He's at Georgia making plays. I would like to be just like him."
But according to Coach McGee, Whatley is already a bit like Jones. Both set good examples, both on, and off the field.
"Like I said, he's been a second year starter this year," said McGee. "Did great for us last year, and he's still in that leadership role to make checks, and get us lined up. We depend on Tim heavily for those calls, and he does a great job in the classroom, as well as the film study room."
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