AOTW

NOHS junior Bubba Chandler threw three touchdowns and ran for one on Friday night.

Bubba Chandler admits he’s just a loud guy. North Oconee High School’s junior quarterback was often the loudest person cheering in the Titans’ dugout as the baseball team made it’s run to the Class 4A Final Four in the spring.

Chandler pitched, hit, played second base and shortstop for the Titans this spring and found a way for his voice to be heard while handling the multi-faceted nature of his responsibilities.

It hasn’t changed so far this fall on the football field. Chandler has taken over the starting quarterback duties for the Titans and has continued to be his loud and proud self.

“I’m just a loud guy and I like just being obnoxious,” Chandler said with a laugh. “It seems to get in other people’s heads. I feel like when you’re on the field screaming and yelling after a touchdown and the defense hears that, they’re just deflated. If feels good. Whenever the other team is down, we know that we’re winning.”

Chandler’s personality fits for how he views the responsibility of playing the quarterback position. As one of the most important and most recognizable positions in the world of sports, the quarterback is the person that is looked at the most.

The team seems to feed off their signal caller and Chandler is already very mindful of where he directs his energy because of the eyes that see follow him on Friday nights.

“Every one looks at the quarterback when you play,” Chandler said. “If they see me down, then they’re going to be down too. If they see me up, they’re going to be up too.”

Chandler has been loud so far this season in what he has added to the Titans’ offense. In Friday’s 41-7 win over Apalachee High School Chandler threw for three scores and ran for another. His performance has made Chandler this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.

Gratefulness is what fills Chandler every chance he gets the opportunity to drop back and throw a pass. Chandler’s football and baseball future came into question when a screw had to be inserted into his elbow after he suffered a stress fracture.

“The good Lord blessed me with great doctors and great physical therapists,” Chandler said.

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.

Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com

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