Polk athlete Alec Philpott receives football scholarshipPublished 8:16pm Thursday, May 16, 2013
Polk County High School head football coach Bruce Ollis said, “We’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Wednesday, May 15 as his two-year starting quarterback, Alec Philpott, signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.
Philpott, a three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) All-Conference athlete, who was last year’s Conference Offensive Player in football, will show his talents two hours away, after receiving a football scholarship with the Bears.
“That speaks to his athleticism,” said Ollis. “There’s a guy who’s been helping our school in three different sports.”
Ollis also praised Philpott’s unseen efforts.
“Alec did a lot of things behind the scenes,” recalled Ollis, including spending three hours at a time on post-football-game Saturdays, studying game films to be a better player.
Ollis praised Philpot’s “great work ethic,” which will be helpful given the high academic standards held at Lenoir-Rhyne. Ollis also recognized some of Philpott’s other contributions, one of which was as student organizer for the Special Olympics, where “he (Philpott) did all the work.”