For the Love of the Game

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 8:50 PM CDT
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Blake McGehee is not your average quarterback and when we say not average, we mean in life on and on the field.

"Blake does not say much at all,” Tioga offensive coordinator CJ Gatlin said. “He talks when he needs to, and I guess that's what a good leader does, talk when they're supposed to."

Blake's a silent killer. He just stands and throws.

Like most great quarterbacks, he has a cannon for an arm. He gets his throwing ability from playing baseball.

"I think I have to give my first love to baseball,” McGehee said. “I think before I could walk, I probably was playing with a baseball or football."

He gets it honest. His dad was a pitcher for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, and his brother played for the ULM Warhawks. Through all of it, his mom has been one of his biggest supporters.

"She always supports everything that I do. I could throw 5 picks or I could throw 7 touchdowns, she's still going to tell me she loves me and that I'm the best football player she's ever seen," McGehee said.

That love from his family translates into his love for the game of baseball, which helped him make a commitment to play at Ole Miss.

"From the moment I stepped foot on the campus, I felt at home. I felt like this (Ole Miss) was where I wanted to be for the next 3 to 4 years. It's an amazing place, and I just fell in love with it."

Right now, his home is at 'The Reservation'. One of the big reasons that Blake thrives is because of his offensive coordinator.

CJ Gatlin was no scrub back in his hay day, playing quarterback for the ASH Trojans back in 2011. That's what makes their bond so tight.

"I think it makes Blake trust me a lot more because he knows I've been there,” Gatlin said. “Nobody really understands a quarterback unless they've been a quarterback. He's done a great job of taking in everything that I've said and has taken it to heart. It has nothing to do with me though, he's done great the past two years before me."

Blake has done well. He did so well last week that he broke his career-high in passing yards with 380. To go along with that, he threw for 5 touchdowns, 4 of them in the first half. He says that there is still some unfinished business that he has to take care of.

"I feel like as a quarterback, the best stat that reflects a quarterback is wins and losses. Everything in the offense goes through the quarterback. It really doesn't matter to me if I throw for 2,000 yards in these next 5 games or just 100 yards. As long as we go 5-0, that's what is most important to me: winning."

For his lights-out performance, he's this week's ACA Athlete of the Week.

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