Briar Van Brunt planned to return to Northside during his Christmas break from Charleston Southern and get in some work before he headed back to school.
Once he got to Northside, he saw some familiar faces and went to work with a couple of former Eagles quarterbacks. Van Brunt, who redshirted this season with the Buccaneers, worked out some with former Eagles Joe Scott and Marques Ivory.
“It wasn’t really planned or anything,” Van Brunt said. “I was going to be there the full break, and when I got there, Joe was there, and we decided to meet up there and throw some. The first day we got there, Marques was there, and we threw some with him, too. We threw first, and then we lifted.”
Ivory suffered an injury at Jacksonville State in the first game of his senior season and missed the rest of the season. The program is looking into getting him a medical redshirt so he will have one final year of eligibility.
Joe Scott isn’t playing football, but he is a member of the Georgia College baseball team.
“It was great to be around those guys again and see them,” Van Brunt said. “It was fun to be out there and throwing with them and working out with them.”
The three were teammates at Northside for one season. When Van Brunt was a freshman, Ivory led the Eagles to their second straight state championship. Scott started six games in 2007 when Ivory was injured and was then the Eagles’ starting quarterback the next season before Van Brunt took over for two.
“It was cool to talk to them about the past and the present, everything that’s going on in college,” Van Brunt said. “Just to get to talk to them about things, how the offenses work, how school is going, just everything, will be a big plus for me.”
Scott said he enjoyed it, as well. He called Ivory his “mentor” and Van Brunt his “understudy” and said he spent most of the workouts catching passes for them.
“It’s always good to be around those guys,” Scott said. “It was a lot of fun. I love those guys, and I just love Northside football. It’s always fun to go back and be around that program.”
Scott, however, has moved past his football playing days and is focusing on baseball. He played football for one year at Faulkner before redshirting with the Georgia College baseball program last year.
Scott will be a sophomore catcher this spring for the Bobcats, who open their season Feb. 4.
“I loved playing football, and I miss being out there on a Friday night playing in the games,” he said. “But this is where God wants me. I’m playing baseball now; I’m just not playing football anymore. It was an adjustment for me, but it was not as big an adjustment as I thought it would be.”
Ivory’s career has been filled with adjustments to injuries. In his senior season, he broke his leg early in the season, but he returned to lead the Eagles to the state championship.
He suffered the same injury to his other leg this season. He was back home in Warner Robins continuing his rehab and enjoyed the chance to work out with his former high school teammates.
“It was nice to see those guys,” Ivory said. “I hadn’t done anything like that with them since I left school and went to college. It was fun just seeing them and talking to them about college and how things are going.”
He said he doesn’t have a set date to return for the Gamecocks, but the coaches don’t want to rush him back so they can make sure he is healthy and ready to go. Ivory said the injury was frustrating, but the rehab has been easier this time because he knows what to expect.
“It was hard because it’s my senior year, and I was really looking forward to this season,” Ivory said. “But it might turn out to be the best thing for me. The coaches have a plan, and they want to make sure I’m 100 percent.”