Northwest Whitfield’s Luke Shiflett Continues to Shine in the Quarterback Spotlight

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Tunnel Hill, GA-(WDEF) One of the showcase showdowns in high school football tonight has Northwest Whitfield battling Dalton.
Bruins dual-threat quarterback Luke Shiflett hopes to shine against his cross-town rival.
With Shiflett calling the shots, the Bruins offense has already tallied over a thousand yards of total offense in just two games this season.
It didn’t take Luke Shiflett long to prove he was going to be a great quarterback for Northwest Whitfield.
Said offensive coordinator Greg Brown:”His 9th grade year. His brother got hurt in a game over on the road at Gilmer. We were down fourteen when he came in the game. About six minutes later, it was tied up.”
Last season, the athletic Shiflett rushed for over 800-yards and threw for over 23-hundred yards.
Said Brown:”Well from a physical aspect he’s really, really fast.”
Said Shiflett:”I think I do a really good job of changing speeds. I think that plays into my favor a lot. I’ve always been pretty strong in the weight room.”
Said head coach Josh Robinson:”He benches 250 plus pounds. He power cleans 250 plus pounds. Squats 400 pounds. I guess his weight room numbers are probably what’s surprising to most people.”
But Shiflett never feels much weight on his shoulders during a game.
Said Robinson:”I’ve really never seen him get rattled.”
Said Shiflett::”I think I have become more composed about sitting in the pocket and stuff like that.”
Said Robinson:”You feel like you can score on every possession because he’s the quarterback. You also feel like if things go wrong, we can come back in any situation.”
Back in May, Shiflett committed to play college ball at MTSU.
Said Brown:”MTSU came in the spring. They came to one of our morning practices during the spring. We charted it after practice. I think he was like 46 of 48 that morning in practice. They’re really excited. They think they got a steal, and we do too.”
When Shiflett graduates, it sounds like his departure will inspire a country song title from Greg Brown.
Said Brown:”He makes me right a whole lot more than he makes me wrong. I’ll miss that next year.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.