Name: Trey Klock
College: Georgia Tech
Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 285 pounds, sophomore, OL
High School: Lower Dauphin HS, Hummelstown, Pa.
About Trey Klock: After taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2014, Klock is seeing playing time this year at right guard for an offensive line that spearheads the GT triple-option offense. A former Pennsylvania First Team All-State selection and Big 33 All-State Game selection, Klock has a very personal rare disease connection that inspired him to start a Chapter at Georgia Tech. His uncle, Tom Kirchoff, was a great college quarterback at Lafayette and recently lost his battle with ALS. Klock was a three-sport athlete in high school and lettered in basketball and baseball before choosing football as his top priority. A member of the ACC Honor Roll for his work in the classroom, Klock has appeared in every GT game this season as a redshirt freshman.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
KLOCK: I love running out of the tunnel behind the Ramblin Wreck and seeing all of the fans in Bobby Dodd Stadium. I always look into the parent’s section and look for my family.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
KLOCK: I’ve always been looking to get involved with an organization like Uplifting Athletes. Unfortunately, our family has been exposed to rare diseases and the challenges they present. I had an older brother, Kyle, who passed away at the age of 3 from Tay Sachs. My uncle, Tom Kirchhoff, was diagnosed with ALS while I was in high school and I wanted to do something to make him proud. Now that I have the opportunity to do something special here at Georgia Tech I plan on getting all of my coaches and teammates involved.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
KLOCK: My best experience so far has been the opportunity to play at Notre Dame. Even though we lost the game, my parents and brother and a lot of other friends and family made the trip all the way from Pennsylvania to see me.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
KLOCK: Every week is a big challenge because there are so many great teams in the ACC. The competition is one of the things that attracted me to GT.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
KLOCK: I’m majoring in Business Administration and have used a lot of what I learned in the classroom for Uplifting Athletes. In my opinion starting this organization is like starting a small company, so I try to implement all of the entrepreneurship techniques I have studied.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
KLOCK: My favorite college football player is Joey “Big Toe” Julius, the kicker from Penn State. I’m sure a lot of other people also enjoy watching him play. We were high school teammates and he dominated the kicking game for Lower Dauphin High School. He was such a good athlete that he would line up at wide receiver for us sometimes too. I know he’ll have a great career and will be playing the game for a long time.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
KLOCK: I’ve always loved Peyton Manning because of his leadership and talent on the field. I was a quarterback until sophomore year in high school so I always wanted to be like him. I even had a few of his Colts jerseys when I was younger.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
KLOCK: I really enjoyed playing at Clemson. Death Valley was a great atmosphere for a football game, but I wouldn’t take any stadium over a home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
KLOCK: I grew up in Hummelstown, a small town in Pennsylvania. I loved everything about my hometown and the people there, but I wanted to experience something new and decided to live in Atlanta for my college years. Although I have really enjoyed the lifestyle I have in a big city in the south, I’m looking forward to the time at home with my family when I’m done playing football. I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I’m confident a degree from Georgia Tech will set me up for a great career.