TROY, AL (WSFA) - It was no surprise to Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith that wide receiver Luke Whittemore turned some heads this spring.
"Luke didn't come out of nowhere," said Smith. "He's been working hard since he's gotten here. I saw him working hard every day. This is what happens when you work hard."
Whittemore, a redshirt freshman from Gainesville, Florida, stepped up in a big way this spring in an injury ridden Troy receiving corps.
"I haven't been thrown any game situations yet so I had to be able to come out and practice every day and be consistent," said Whittemore.
Whittemore had one of the best springs for the Trojans which is what head coach Neal Brown wanted to see.
"I'm excited about the role he's going to take for us," said Brown. "This isn't the first time he's made a bunch of plays in a scrimmage situation. Every time we did it during his redshirt year last fall, he showed up and made plays. He did every time this spring."
In terms of fit, Whittemore believes you can throw him anywhere and he'll make the play.
"I think I can be a guy that plays utility, plays X, plays Z, and able to make some plays this year," said Whittemore.
Quarterback Kaleb Barker, who is in a battle of his own with Smith for the starting quarterback position, tends to agree with Whittemore.
"He's got really good ball skills and he's a go-getter," said Barker. "He's going to go get the ball where ever it may land."
Whittemore could go from standing in the background to standing in the end zone several times in 2018.