Student Athlete of the Week: Jake King
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 Sports) -- As his dad would say, nobody has seen more Albemarle lacrosse than senior Jake King.
"He's been the ball boy, the water boy, the manager, played JV, played varsity," said Albemarle boys lacrosse coach and Jake's father Dave King.
Jake grew up around the program where his dad leads the Patriots and also has coached his son's team for most of his life.
"It's been great I wouldn't want it any other way," said Albemarle senior lacrosse and football player Jake King. "He's always been my coach for most of the time actually. It's an unusual experience for most but I love it."
"He catches probably more blame for things than most of the guys and less credit for things but he handles it with humility and makes it easy on me," said Dave.
The credit is due for the First-Team Central Virginia attack, leading the Patriots across the board.
"We ask Jake to do a lot," said Dave King. "We ask him to be the face-off man, he was our leading scorer, assist guy, ground ball guy so we put a lot on him."
That versatility on the field also extends into football season. King was the Patriots starting quarterback, then transitioned to receiver senior year.
"Playing quarterback at first just reading the field, it helps a whole lot to know what a defense is thinking," said Jake King. "Going to receiver, I can make plays for Amaje [Parker] with what he needs and build off each other. And I played there before he did so I know what he's thinking, I know what it's like and our communication and chemistry was just really good this past year."
The transition paid dividends, named First-Team All-Jefferson District as a punt returner this year and shows the work he puts into everything he does.
"I always wanted to win, I'm a very competitive person and I can't stand not winning. It kinda drives me to keep going," said Jake King.
"No ones every gonna outwork Jake so that as the coach, I look at that for any kid not just your own son," said Dave King. "He has a lot of responsibility but he handles it well and as he goes we go."