The location has changed for Tamyn "Gator" Garrick, but success throwing the football remains the same.
A graduate of Williston-Elko and son of Blue Devil head coach Dwayne Garrick, Tamyn was named to Crons Big South Freshman of the Week for his performance in Presbyterian College's 31-21 loss to Furman on Saturday.
"It's definitely an honor to be named something like that from the conference as a whole," Tamyn said.
Named the starting quarterback for his redshirt freshman year for the Blue Hose, Tamyn completed 20 of his 32 passes against the Paladins for 270 yards, with 184 yards and a passing touchdown coming in the second half. The Blue Hose trailed 24-0 at halftime.
Tamyn credited the Presbyterian offensive line for giving him time to make plays behind them but was aware of how unique such a performance was, particularly against an established FCS program that he grew up watching from the stands.
"Being able to come out and have a day like I did is pretty special," he said.
Dwayne was also impressed with his son's passing effort but also highlighted what the second-year college student has done off the field.
"I'm just proud as I can be," he said, adding that he is also glad his son has remained healthy so far. "I'm just proud of him going on and getting a good education and being the good person that he is."
After a couple players left the program that Dwayne described as a "good fit" for his son schematically, the Blue Hose coaching staff turned the keys to their offense over to Tamyn. The redshirt freshman recognized that he was getting his turn as a leader earlier than many would've expected, but he's running with the opportunity.
"I got put on the spot here early," Tamyn said. "I was excited, and it's just a great spot for me."
He's done well over all, completing 49 of 86 passing attempts for 561 yards in four games so far this year. That included a trip to Georgia Tech, where he got the chance to play in front of more than 40,000 people in the Yellow Jackets' Bobby Dodd Stadium.
"Anytime you get a chance to play there, it's definitely a great opportunity," Tamyn said.
Dwayne said that his son's excitement was clear, despite the Blue Hose losing the game 59-3. Tamyn went 11-of-28 with 83 yards and an interception in the loss.
"He told me, 'That's the most fun I've ever had playing football,' " Dwayne said.
That puts the loss on par with winning a state championship and playing for two more as quarterback for the Blue Devils. During his time playing for his dad, he threw for more than 4,000 yards and more than 60 passing touchdowns. He was also named the second-team All-Aiken Standard quarterback during his senior year. He was joined on that squad by first-teamer DeMarcus Rouse of North Augusta, who also spends some time in the Blue Hose backfield with Tamyn.
Joining Tamyn in the Big South's honors this week was Aramis Hillary. A Strom Thurmond graduate, the Coastal Carolina quarterback threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 loss to Toledo.
Tamyn's next assignment on the football field will come this Saturday at Davidson. The game is set to kick off at 6 p.m.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.
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