Loyalty is a term that means something to Trey Rowsey.
He’s been loyal as can be by staying committed to one school throughout his entire high school football career: Fort Knox.
A school that sits on a military base and constantly sees families moving in and out, Fort Knox – and its football program – are used to the ever-changing personnel. But while many players that come through the Eagles’ program stay only a year or two, Rowsey has been around from the start.
“It’s been very helpful because throughout elementary school and all of that we moved every two years, so it was hard to stay on a team and get close to the guys,” Rowsey said. “We have a really good chemistry (here). All the coaches and players and everyone in the school has a good relationship. Coach (Wes) Arnold, I’ve known him since I was younger, and we came in with the same idea.”
Rowsey, a genuine, kind-hearted kid full of class, is much more than Fort Knox’s quarterback.
While he knows the playbook by heart and reads what moves his teammates are about to make before they even make them, Rowsey is the leader of the pack and always brings everyone together. He’s been around for some of the program’s roughest times and some of the best – and he’s kept the same positive attitude through it all.
“Trey’s been here four years,” Arnold said. “That’s an anomaly here. Trey is our ultimate team leader. He’s the best leader I’ve seen this program have. I was here five years as an assistant, then went to Central Hardin for three and then came back, but in my seven years around here, he’s the best leader.
“He’s positive, he knows the offense in and out. He knows what everybody’s doing. And with a young team like this, he can really help them out, which is great.”
Rowsey has done it all during his time at Knox.
Center, tight end, linebacker, quarterback — name the position and he’s most likely played it, or at least attempted. Now in his spot under center, Arnold approached Rowsey prior to the 2018 season and told him he needed him to be the team’s quarterback. Rowsey gladly accepted the offer.
Playing in the role for the first time in his career, Rowsey completed 37-of-91 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns with 10 interceptions. While those numbers aren’t necessarily bad for a first-year player in the position, Rowsey knew this offseason he had to put in some work.
From studying film to spending time on the field and in the weight room, including a trip to a quarterback camp, Rowsey put in the time and effort and is ready to see his improvements this year.
“Last year was my first year starting at quarterback,” he said. “I played all over the field for the first two years. I played center, tight end, linebacker … everything. Last year was more of a learning experience. I think I did OK, but there’s a lot of things that I knew I had to work on. It was a lot of hours of film and hours of work and just a lot of learning.”
With a summer full of work in the books and entering his senior season, Rowsey is excited to write the final chapter of his career at Fort Knox.
“I think I’m more prepared than I was last year and just have really high expectations for this season,” he said.