January 28, 2009

Acker looking to prove his worth

At the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament this past summer, Arlington Lamar wide receiver David Acker was listed by national observers with Rivals.com as someone to watch during the 2008 season. He lived up to the promise, finishing fourth in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with 987 yards receiving and 55 catches for six touchdowns. On a team that has traditionally featured a strong rushing attack (teammate Ja'Terian Douglas rushed for over 2,000 yards), Acker doubled up his nearest teammate in catches and caught nearly one half of his team's completions.

However, for various reasons, sometimes prospects like Acker get left out in the cold when it comes to scholarship offers, no matter how productive they are and how tough they are. And in Acker's case, he compiled some big numbers while playing through an injury that might have immobilized a lesser person.

"I played with a torn labrum and a dislocated shoulder the whole season," said the 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver. "I just had surgery to fix it two weeks ago. I didn't even find out how bad it was until after the season."

"I hurt it the week before the end of two a days. It swelled up for week and in a scrimmage I hit it again. It was the worst pain ever. After that, I went through the season and didn't say much. After the season, I would try to go lift and I thought, 'This isn't working'. I couldn't even bench press any weight. I went to go see my doctor and they sutured my labrum to bone. During the season, my trainer told me he thought it was dislocated a little bit but I wasn't sure until after the season was over. I decided to take care of it, have the surgery and not waste any time recovering. It's feeling good. In about another week I'll get the brace off and take a little time to get it back right."

Playing with pain is something Acker has learned to live with during his career. He broke his collarbone his freshman year and was injured his junior season. He believes sitting out his junior season hurt his stock since many schools do their evaluations during that time. The service academies expressed some interest for a while and one of his coaches is sending his transcripts to Abilene Christian. However, Acker has an older brother at Texas A&M who was in a similar situation and, while Acker wants to continue to play football even after all that he has been through, he wants to do it at a place that will make him happy.

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