Spotlight: Tyler Dittmer, 9/29/17
We've seen a lot of athletes stand out so far this season, but perhaps no one has captured the attention like Tyler Dittmer.
The Gulf Breeze runningback may not pass the eye test, that is until the game starts.
Tyler's family is from Wisconsin, big Packers fans, and his dad got him started in football early.
The family moved to Gulf Breeze when he was three and Dittmer started playing football at five. There was a bit of a learning curve for the young runningback.
But once he learned that lesson, the talent was immediately clear. Nate Herrick was on the field with him from the very beginning.
He made varsity at Gulf Breeze as a freshman and quickly won believers.
One play late in his freshman season really showed the potential.
He doesn't exactly pass the eye test. At 5'7", Tyler is hardly physically imposing, but the perception is just fuel.
What makes him a special player doesn't take long to figure out.
Dittmer ran for over a thousand yards last year as a sophomore, but has an entirely different impact this season.
With star quarterback Tyler Phelps graduating, Coach Bobby Clayton turned to his junior runningback as the workhorse.
Dittmer accounts for more than two-thirds of the total offense.
Almost 10 yards a carry, 200 rushing yards a game. He's just hard to bring down.
His tackle-breaking runs are becoming legendary. Those moments are a testament to his will as much as his talent.
But with all the success, Dittmer is always focused on the next step in his development.