Jo Byrns senior Bobby Oggs eats Uncrustables instead of making his own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
One glance at his busy schedule shows why premade snacks are a must for Ogg.
He plays baseball, basketball and football for the Red Devils, while also participating in Beta Club, Key Club, Student Council and Future Farmers of America.
Just reading that list is exhausting. How does Ogg manage it all?
“I usually balance it out,” he said. “If I do football for an hour, then I do baseball for an hour. I’m trying to be good at all three sports.”
Ogg’s busy schedule has a paradoxical effect on his productivity. A constant stream of activities forces him to be efficient with his time. He is the only male athlete at Jo Byrns that plays three sports.
“You don’t see many tri-sport athletes nowadays,” Jo Byrns football coach Tom Adkins said. “A lot of times, your athletes are still some of your best academic students, too. (Ogg) has it organized. It’s a hectic schedule.”
Despite his football demands, Ogg managed to slip away from Cedar Hill to embark on a 10-day basketball tour of Italy with 365 Sports in late July. It was his first chance to go overseas.
“It was really fun experience,” Ogg said. “You had to play by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules. Italy is a very cool country. The history and everything… It was beautiful.”
Ogg played seven games for Team USA and spent the rest of the trip sightseeing with his mother, Amanda Ogg. The team finished in second place, and Ogg was selected to an all-star team with other American and Italian players.
Following his return to the U.S., Ogg immediately jumped into padded football practices. The senior plays linebacker, split end, kicker and punter for the Red Devils. He also is a forward on the basketball team and sees time at third base in baseball.
Ogg said his strongest skill across all three sports is punting, which he hopes to do in college. He made 14-of-16 extra point attempts and finished with seven total tackles in 2018. Ogg intercepted DCA quarterback Bradford Gaines twice in the Robertson County Jamboree Aug. 16.
“He’s really come along with his kicking,” Adkins said. “His leg and technique look a little better. (He also) has good hands, which probably comes from playing basketball.”
Ogg is one of several senior leaders for the football team. He said that group hasn’t forgotten last year’s 17-14 loss to Lookout Valley in the first round of the playoffs.
“It sparked a fire in all of us,” Ogg said. “We realized that it’s our senior year, and we need to do better. We’re dedicated to what we’re doing this year.”
For Ogg, there is virtually no offseason. Football bleeds into basketball season, which carries straight into baseball season. All three sports practice in some capacity during the summer. That means Ogg must do everything he can to keep his muscles and joints loose.
“Every morning I get up, take a shower and then stretch,” he said. “When I get home from practice, I stretch. I try to do that to avoid pulling anything or cramping up.”
The lanky Ogg recently gained about 10 pounds. He now stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs about 160 pounds. He knows he must continue to put on healthy weight to compete with bigger athletes in all three sports.
“I’ve been really small my entire life,” he said. “I just try to eat, eat, eat – no matter what it is. I want to gain weight. Being in the gym and eating (a lot) has helped.”
And Ogg is keeping Smucker’s in business in the process.
“I love (having) five or six Uncrustables – the grape ones,” he said. “Those are my favorite. I have four boxes sitting in my freezer right now.”