Every Thursday, the 13WMAZ Eyewitness Sports team turns their spotlight on a central Georgia student-athlete who shines on and off their field of play. This week, meet a football player who is scoring touchdowns on gridiron and in the classroom. His name is Marcus Jolly, Jr., from Northside High School in Warner Robins and he is our Athlete of the Week.
Jolly is a quiet leader when it comes to playing the sport he loves the most, but it doesn't make him any less passionate .
"I let my action speak louder than words," Jolly said.
Jolly is just as special in the classroom sporting a 3.6 GPA and will be honored this summer With the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence. That is something he doesn't like to talk much about but he recognizes the power of education.
"The books help you get to where you want to go," Jolly said. "School comes before anything, sports and all of that. You have to have the grades to really do what you want to do in life."
"That's one thing that comes first in their household and I think that has a lot to do with his success on the football field," Northside head coach Kevin Kinsler said. "He's learned how to prioritize his time and use it wisely."
On the gridiron his diversity to run, throw and catch the football at a high level helps make the Eagles an even more competitive force come game time.
"He's an outstanding young man and works really hard," Kinsler said. "He has so many different skills that we can put him at a lot of different place so he's doing very good this far."
Spring football practice is almost over for the Eagles, but with more season on the horizon for Jolly his goals are simple.
"(My goals are) just lead us to another state championship and get another ring before I leave," Jolly said.
This Friday night, Jolly and his Northside teammates will host Americus for a scrimmage at McConnell-Talbert Stadium to conclude spring practice. Kickoff for the scrimmage is at 7 p.m.
Later this summer, Jolly and his family will travel to Boston so he can receive his award from the Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.