Feature photo courtesy of Sharon Brock.
In a scrimmage just one week before the first game of his junior season, three linemen fell on Ty Brock’s leg.
The three-star quarterback from Texas took off to scramble and when he planted his feet to throw, a linebacker hit him in the front as three offensive linemen fell on the back of his right leg.
Brock said the force from the 800-or-so pounds that fell on him snapped his leg completely in half.
“It was a freak accident,” Brock said. “I looked at it once and I did not look at it again.”
The worst part for Brock was not the physical pain, but the emotional affliction.
It took Brock about five or six minutes to realize, but then it finally sunk in: he wouldn’t play a single snap his entire junior season, arguably the most important for a potential recruit.
Brock had surgery on the very same day. A rod that ran from his knee all the way down to his ankle was inserted into his leg.
During his absence, Brock saw many of the players he’d gone to football camps with getting offers from all over the country, which frustrated him.
“The toughest part was knowing that I could compete on the same level as those guys but because I was injured, I wasn’t able to show people that,” Brock said.
Brock remained optimistic about his return to football, despite the frustration of having to watch his teammates from the sideline.
“I’ve never wanted anything more than [to get back on the field] in my entire life,” Brock said. “Football is my passion. I play with guys that I love to be around and I love to play with. So being out there is one of my greatest joys in life.”
Even though the doctors initially said Brock’s recovery would take nine months, they didn’t account for his work ethic. Brock made a full recovery just five months after surgery.
Brock, now a senior, was determined to make up for lost time.
He completed 14 of 17 passes for 252 yards and five touchdowns in his first game back. He also ran for a 13-yard touchdown to give College Station High School a 42-7 lead just 14 seconds into the second quarter.
However, just as quickly as Brock returned to form, his time at College Station High School took another dramatic turn.
In the second quarter of the second game of his senior season, Brock broke his left fibula.
“It’s been tough,” Brock said. “[It’s] really frustrating saying I’ve broke my second leg in one year.”
According to College Station’s head coach, Steve Huff, Brock’s spirits remained high without his help.
“One of the first things he said after going to the doctor was, ‘I’ll be back for the Waco game,’” Huff said.
The extent of Brock’s injury was far less severe than his first, and Brock is committed to returning in time for the game against Waco on Oct. 21. He dressed, but did not play, in College Station’s last game against A&M Consolidated High School.
Until he returns to the field, Huff says that Brock is like another coach on the sideline, noting that he constantly cheers guys on and gives them advice.
“In all reality, I have absolutely nothing I can say [that is] negative about Ty,” Huff said. “If my son were to grow up to be the same type of kid Ty Brock [is], I’d be a very satisfied father.”
Brock said he only has two standing offers because of his injury history, Sam Houston State and Louisiana Monroe.
“Having those offers still be there is a really big blessing considering I’ve played basically three quarters in my last two years,” Brock said last week before committing to Sam Houston State Monday afternoon via Twitter.
Even though many schools were hesitant due to Brock’s injury history, Sam Houston State never doubted him.
“They contacted me after my injury my junior year and stuck with me through the entire process,” Brock said in an interview with BrazosSports.com. “They never wavered in their interest and that was important to me. It means a lot to me to have this opportunity, despite my injuries.”
Brock said before his commitment that he was still talking to coaches at Minnesota and was trying to attract Baylor, who he said would be a great fit since he has family in Waco, Texas.
“It was a little disappointing because I had a lot of interest going into my junior year,” Brock said to BrazosSports.com. “But I’m extremely happy with where I’m at now and where I’m going.”
Brock said he will most likely major in mechanical engineering next year and if football doesn’t work out, his dream job is designing cars.
“I like math, and I like working and designing,” Brock said.
Even though he has seen limited action on the field this season, Brock still has high expectations for his senior year. He hopes to come back and lead College Station to new heights.
“[Winning] our district and [getting] to the state championship game has been a big goal for us that past few years. We haven’t gotten there yet and this year we have that chance.”
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