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PACS senior Brock Vandagriff was selected to compete in the Elite 11 quarterback competition finals.

Football hasn’t kept Prince Avenue Christian School head coach Greg Vandagriff and senior quarterback Brock Vandagriff from being father and son.

The two have always had a bond.

Father’s Day weekend started with a bit of good football news for the both. Brock is set to compete in the Elite 11 Finals in Murfreesboro, Tennessee next week.

The competition has featured future college quarterbacks since 1999. Notable participants include NFL quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston and Andrew Luck.

Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart and Troy Smith are also alumni of the event. Clemson University star Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State University star Justin Fields were also selected for the event during their high school days.

The accomplishment, ranks Brock’s top five so far. A University of Georgia commit, Brock has already seen his share of accomplishments. In high school his name has bumped up against some alumni of the Elite 11 camp even before he was announced as a participant.

The natural next step is the comparisons, especially with fellow Georgia natives Lawrence and Fields. Brock admittedly doesn’t take the comparisons too seriously.

“You take it with a grain of salt,” Brock said. “I haven’t proven anything in college like those two guys have. I’m trying to be the best I can be in high school as I can be and then focus on the college season. For now, I’m trying to win a state championship at Prince.”

The growing list of accomplishments doesn’t grow numbing to Brock. It’s always been understood that any accomplishment is earned.

“You have to look at every one of them (accomplishment) differently,” Brock said. “These things are just people recognizing hard work. That’s how I look at it. I don’t look at this as given. They’re earned.”

That lesson was passed down from the elder Vandagriff. Brock and Greg share a common joke about the 5 a.m. workout sessions.

“One day, you’re going to thank yourself for all these 5 a.m. workouts,” Brock said with a laugh.

Greg is grateful of being in the position to experience all of the ups and downs alongside his son.

“It’s just awesome that we get to experience it whether it’s good, bad or indifferent,” Greg said. “As a father I’m not missing it and enjoying the ride. I’m also trying to soak it in and support him to be as successful as he can be.”

Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to sportseditor@oconeeenter-prise.com by Monday at 10 a.m.

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