Whalen on it - Lineman wins the battle in the trench for the Seahawks

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

"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.

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