Student-athlete proves his worth

Don't underestimate the value of hard work

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Jackson Ploeger

David Roulley makes a diving reception for the Dolphins.

Matt Seaman, Staff Writer

David Roulley, often credited with his profound efforts as a starter on the Ocean Lakes football team, did not have an easy path. Like many athletes, he was not born with absurd athletic ability or natural talent. He instead used his work ethic to earn a starting position.

David plays football, runs track, and is in the Math and Science Academy. For the past three years, his success on the football field has been quite remarkable. 

Despite hard work and dedication, David received no play time his freshman year. Throughout the summer of his sophomore year, he maintained his constant work ethic. Day in and day out, David trained and lifted weights with the team, along with extra workouts and drills to ensure he was ready for the season. David attended personal training workouts and played for Mach 1 Academy in the offseason. Mach 1 improved his agility and footwork that showed throughout the course of the season.

“I lifted a lot of weights to get bigger, stronger, and faster and spent countless hours working with coaches and playing 7on7 to improve my agility, footwork, and technique,” said David.

During the season, David made a multitude of plays that helped secure wins for his team.

Over the course of his junior season, David recorded 108 tackles, five interceptions, 23 catches for 256 yards, and two touchdowns. He received First Team All-Region for defense while playing on both sides of the ball. David had key interceptions and catches against Cox and Landstown which solidified him as an essential piece of both the offense and the defense.

“He’s a stoic warrior that does his job,” said coach Christopher Ramey.

Not only does David play football, he also runs track to keep him busy in the lengthy offseason. He runs short distance during the indoor track season and played an important role in the 4×4 team’s qualification for the state championship. His 4×4 team placed fifth place in states alongside Myles Alston, Glenn Skinner, and Hayden Ogleby. 

“One of the hardest working people I know. You don’t see how hard he works until you actually get to know him,” said junior Glenn Skinner.