THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - Part of being a good athlete is having the ability to adapt. Brookwood's Jordon Brinkley has done just that.
"He was a guy that played a lot of running back growing up, and I'm really proud of the fact that he would kind of humble himself and move to a position we had a great need in," Brookwood head football coach Shane Boggs said of Jordon's transition from running back to left guard. "He's been very successful. A lot of our offensive success I'd attribute to his play at left guard for us."
Running back to lineman - a big change, but one Jordon's taken all in stride.
"I think our team's very family oriented, we all have each other's backs," he said. "We always try to encourage each other and help each other out whenever we can. It's always a good thing to help all my teammates out whenever I can."
"To be successful in any sport, you have to have unselfish players," agreed coach Boggs. "I think the first move I think just to take on that position is a big one, but to pride himself on getting better and better every week has been really big for our team."
From having pride on the field to having pride in the classroom, Jordon boasts a 4.47 GPA.
"Sometimes the balancing can be very hard," he laughed. "Coming home and doing what you're supposed to do before you go to bed and doing it as soon as you get home and not putting it off, and not procrastinating is the key thing."
Dedication that comes full circle, as his perfection in the books has made him a better athlete on the field.
"In our locker room, we actually have a sign that says as a student athlete, I'm going to get done what I need to get done so I can come out here and perform on the field," said Jordon. "It's always been very important to us."
"It's the same habits that make you successful out here that make you successful in the classroom," said coach Boggs. "Ultimately will make him successful in whatever he chooses to do."
And if he has to adapt to do it, Jordon will be just fine.