It's not easy going from the centerpiece of an offense at quarterback and moving out to wide receiver, especially for one's senior year.
Trey Deaton took the position change in stride when new Bracken County football coach Dave Brausch brought his son Trey in to take over the position. The move worked out all-around as the Polar Bears notched a 9-3 record and won their first playoff game in school history during the 2017 season.
"I can’t say enough good things about him and how he handled that situation," Polar Bears coach Dave Brausch said. "It wasn’t a situation because of the way he handled it. It could have been one, but he didn’t let it be one from the get-go and that’s rare nowadays."
Turns out the position switch worked out pretty good for him as Deaton signed his letter of intent with Union College on Thursday in the Bracken County High School Library.
"It’s spectacular, this is something I’ve been working for and have had a dream for since playing football in the third grade," Deaton said. "It’s where my heart has always been, it’s where my family’s heart has always been. It’s something I’ve watched since I was in diapers. It’s something that’s always been on the TV."
Deaton had played under center his first three years with the Polar Bears, splitting time with others during that timeframe as he tallied 969 yards passing and played wideout some, mainly his sophomore season when he caught seven passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.
He made the full switch to the receiver position his senior year and caught 13 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. The multi-sport athlete started receiving interest from colleges as his length, standing at 6-foot-4 started to garner interest.
"He’s tall, he can go up and get the high ball, we didn’t throw it a ton, but he blocked his tail off to for our running game. Our receivers probably blocked as well or better than our line if we got on the outside or what not," Brausch said.
Not only his length and blocking ability, Deaton is just an athlete, best example of that came last Saturday at the indoor track and field Class A state meet when he finished third in the long jump despite having limited practice throughout the season due to basketball season.
On the hardwood, Deaton led the Polar Bears in scoring and rebounding this past season. He'll now shift his focus to the outdoor track season.
"I'm hoping to win state in the long jump," Deaton said.
After that will come focus on football, as he's set to head to Union around late July for camp. He chose the Bulldogs because of his instant love with the campus.
"Once I stepped on campus not only were the players and coaches good to me the campus just spoke to me. It’s something I fell in love with the campus as soon as I stepped on it," Deaton said.
Deaton plans on majoring in Athletic Training and hopes to work with a college team someday. Union can feel comfortable knowing they'll get a player that will make sacrifices for the betterment of the team.
"Trey is the ultimate team player. To get to nine wins, we can’t do it without players like Trey that are such a sacrifice. He’s a very talented person too, his sacrifice and the person he is, the ultimate compliment is he’s better than a football player, he’s a better person because of what he’s done there than even as an athlete," Brausch said. "He’s a good athlete, as a person he’s even better and I’m sure that’s even more important to his family and it’s going to be more important to him as he goes on in life."