OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Tyler Polk helped St. Martin ring up a 7 wins and 5 losses in 2013 after rushing for 1,651 yards and 546 yards passing. He was going to also play wide receiver, running back and defensive back with the addition of sophomore quarterback Wayne Overman, a transfer from D'Iberville.
During 7-on-7 drills in the summer Polk injured his right knee. During the first game of the season on August 22, Polk was forced to leave the game when he banged up his right leg.
On August 29 Polk was back in the starting lineup but after getting the handoff from Overman in the first offensive series, Polk was pulled down and re-injured his knee. He stayed in the game and helped block for quarterback Wayne Overman on a touchdown run the right side of the line.
Polk couldn't walk off the field, so St. Martin head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead carries Tyler on his shoulders and sat him down on the bench.
Later Polk told me on the sidelines that his knee locked up and would probably have to sit out a number of games.
Polk met with Dr. Noblin and on Wednesday Polk is slated to undergo surgery.
During the Yellow Jackets practice on Tuesday Polk said,"I had tore my meniscus completely and now I have to go tomorrow and have surgery to see if they can fix or take it out. If they take it out, I'll be back in four weeks max. If they fix it I'll be out for the season."
WLOX will have an update on the status of Polk on WLOX.com when we receive the news.
Good luck to a young man who loves the game of football and he can't wait to get back on the playing field. However, that's one thing he may have to do, wait until his leg heals.
Polk says if he can't play the remainder of the season, he's still going to give his support on the sidelines. Tyler is a vocal leader and displayed that during Tuesday's practice drills.