The Prospector: ATH David Joyce is Oviedo's X-factor

“It’s been unbelievable. It’s awesome because they depend on me for a lot of things and I love doing everything that I do,” Joyce said. “I’m not tied to one position and I love it.”

Of course, growing up he admired the quarterback position. Don’t we all?

He still figures he’s the man for the job, even at Oviedo, but his unselfishness won’t let that get in the way.

“I always wanted to play QB but I’ve always been an athlete, all the way back in Pop Warner, playing running back or defense,” he said. “My whole life, I’ve never been geared or tied down to one position.”

He’s proven he can play quarterback, and even garnered QB MVP honors at a Schumann’s National Underclassmen Combine during the summer before his junior season.

The East River game was his big chance as he stood in for an injured Davis. He guided the Lions to a 43-22 victory, throwing for 96 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 160 yards and two more touchdowns.

“I loved it. Just having control of the whole offense was awesome … my best game, I think,” Joyce said.

It’s a subject he has actually discussed with Davis.

“[Davis] wants to go to college as a receiver and all my life I grew up thinking I would be a QB, but I’m not complaining,” Joyce said of the situation. “He’s happy. I’m happy.”

And Oviedo is happy and looking to make some noise in the state playoffs. The Lions open with a home game against Leesburg on Friday.

Joyce broke his hand three weeks ago, but he’ll be on the field Friday. He’ll run past coach Allen if he tries to stop him.

“I sure wouldn’t be able to catch him,” Allen said.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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