Back from injury, Vandyke primed for big season
South County (Lorton, VA) has one of its best players back in the fold. 6-3, 196-pound senior Ronny Vandyke will start at Whip linebacker and wide receiver for the Stallions after missing the entire 2009 season due to a shoulder injury. The shoulder, which required surgery, is holding up well so far in preseason practice.
“My shoulder has gotten even better than before it was injured,” said Vandyke.
Vandyke is happy to be back on the gridiron.
“That first hit, it was good,” he said. “I was feeling good after the first hit. Actually, we had our first scrimmage [on Tuesday]. I’m really excited. I can’t wait until the first game against Chantilly. I’m excited for our scrimmage against Robinson this weekend.”
It hasn’t taken Vandyke long to return to the form that attracted interest from major college programs. The Virginia Tech-bound senior claims, “I think I have gotten a little better. But I still try to work more than anyone else. I know there is always somebody better out there.”
A safety as a sophomore, Vandyke will play a new position this season.
“Playing safety, I liked it a lot, but I think I’m more of a guy that has to be closer to the ball so I can make plays,” Vandyke said. “I make plays and that’s what I like to do. I like to run off blocks. There is a lot to do because Whip is one of the hardest positions on defense. I blitz, play in coverage, play man…I do a lot. That’s why I stepped up and took on the role.”
This preseason, Vandyke has run a 4.5-second 40, bench-pressed 265 pounds and squatted 385 pounds. South County head coach Pete Bendorf is hopeful for a big-time 2010 season from his star.
“Ronny has had a great start to summer practice,” said Bendorf, whose 2009 squad finished with a 6-5 record. Vandyke headlines a young 2010 squad. “He has the opportunity to have a great fall for the Stallions.”
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