His position is not a prestigious one, but a dirty necessity.



Sean Whalen, a senior at South Walton High School, plays defensive end and offensive guard for the Seahawks.



"It's really physical and it's a key part of the game," said the 17-year-old son of Michael and Evelyn Whalen of Freeport. "You might not get all the glory but I know if I do my job the team will get the W."



And the Seahawks have gotten the "W" twice in their first three games this season.



In those three games, Whalen has made 12 total tackles, two for losses, plus one sack. On offensive, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound guard, has been credited with three pancakes — and not the eating kind.



"A pancake is an award we give an offensive lineman when they fire off the line and they take and put somebody on their back — that's a pancake, flipping them over," said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa.



And hitting is something Whalen doesn't shy away from.



"Hitting is part of it," Whalen said. "The way we've been coaching it up this year is we call ourselves the trench. We’re just one big family. It's a big ground battle and it's really fun for me just to be in there together … up and down the line," Whalen said.



Whalen didn't start out as a lineman. As a seventh grader at Emerald Coast Middle School he played running back and linebacker.



After making the move to high school, he was a running back and safety his freshman year at South Walton.



"I ended up converting because we had a couple of guys leave the team," Whalen said. "But I've never looked back since. I love playing where I am."



And the coaches like what they see.



"He's a smart ball player," Tisa said. "He's been in the program for four years so he knows what we are doing offensively and defensively, that allows him to step up and be a leader on the team."



Offensive line and defensive line coach Carey Nick agrees with Tisa.



"He's a great player and he always goes hard for us," Nick said. "He knows how to play the game and knows how to make adjustments on the fly. He's like having a coach out there on the field."



Whalen loves the game of football and hopes to play after high school.



"I'm not closing any doors if that comes up, I'll take that opportunity, but I want my education first." He plans to study medicine.



The University of Florida, University of South Florida and even Florida State University are a few of the schools he is looking to possibly attend



But for now, he's just "proud to be a Seahawk."