Student Athlete of the Week: Jake Huffman

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Monticello's Jake Huffman thought for awhile he would be in a different spot during football games.

"I've always played football, but if got to a point where I just got tired of it, got a little sick of it," Huffman said, who's dad coach JV football for the Mustangs.

Which lead Huffman to pick up some clubs and onto the course.

"Hadn't swung a club that much at all over the first 11 years or whatever," Huffman said about picking up golf his sophomore year, "So I had to get a swing back and everything."

"He showed up his sophomore year and it was a surprise," Monticello golf Coach Pam Bradley said, "Pretty much he's done it all on his own and I joked with him and said you're kind of our little Bubba Watson Jr. of Monticello High School because of being self-taught."

To reach his level of play took countless balls at the driving range and even in his basement.

"In his basement he has a sheet up and he would hit balls into the sheet," Bradley said of Huffman, "Goes to Smith Mountain Lake and hits balls off the pier."

"I'm a junkie for the range, so I'll just be out here for hours hitting the ball, just love it," Huffman said, "It's very personal, it's all in your head and I love being just myself out there."

It is that same determination that's lead Huffman to getting all A's every since he started school, even if he says it happened by chance.

"I don't know, I guess I just got lucky with my genes, it just comes easy to me," Huffman said, "You definitely have to be able to work at whatever you want to do. I want to do well in school and I want to do well on the course and so you just got to put the work into it."

Huffman's step into golf ultimately means more than a couple great rounds of golf because of the example Jake leaves behind.

"He's been a role model for a lot of our students and athletes in that he was willing to try something a little outside the box and be very good at it," Bradley said.

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