Scholar athlete: Caleb Dale, Navarre High School

Most players try to savor their senior season, but for Navarre's Caleb Dale getting on the field has become even more special, and he's clearly making the most of it.

Caleb spent most of his senior year recovering. An injury to his toe almost cost him the season.

"At points throughout the season, the thoughts go through your mind. 'I might not do it, I might not be able to touch the field again.' But now, that I'm back it's just really exciting that I get to play with my team again.

Head football Coach Jay Walls said Caleb's dedication to the team said a lot about his personality.

"A lot of time when kids get injured like that, they kind of drift away. He's stayed with us. He's been at meetings, he's been at practice, he's stayed involved, and I think it's going to really pay off," Walls said.

Aside from putting in extra time in the weight room, along with countless hours of rehab, Caleb's other secret to a speedy recovery could be the fact he follows a mostly vegan diet.

"A lot of my friends, they'll say I'm eating sticks and leaves and jokes about that, but really there are a lot of substitutes that you can eat like regular meals," Caleb explained. "The majority of my diet is protein shakes, bananas, and peanut butter and jellies. I could just live off that!"

Who knew the classic sandwich was so beneficial? Turns out they also must be a pretty good brain food.

A full-time, dual enrollment student, most of Caleb's days are spent at Pensacola State College. With a 4.5 GPA, he has his sights set on attending Duke University and eventually wants to become an orthopedic surgeon.

"There's a lot of schooling that goes into that, obviously. I'm not sure how much to expect, I know it's going to be a while, but the work is going to be worth it," he said.

While in college, Caleb wants to continue playing football, but said academics come first.

The youngest of six kids, he'll be the first to go to college. It's a milestone he said his parents couldn't be more proud of.

"They know that I've worked really hard to this point and they're glad that it's paying off," he said.

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