It was always something for Midwest City's Ricky Reeves last season.
For awhile, it was his shoulder. Then it was his back.
He had 58 tackles and three interceptions last year but was rarely at full strength.
Reeves set out to make sure that wasn't an issue for him as a senior.
The result was 61 tackles and six interceptions in the secondary, as well as playing time on the offense which resulted in three rushing and a receiving touchdown.
Now, he's also an Oklahoman All-Stater on defense.
“It motivated me a lot,” Reeves said. “I didn't want that to happen again, to be hurt all the time.
“I started taking care of myself a lot more.”
The biggest change Reeves made sounds simple but it's also something easily overlooked.
“Just stretching real good before I worked out,” Reeves said. “That was the biggest difference.”
He also added about 10 pounds of muscle.
“I was a little mad at myself at times last year for letting that happen,” Reeves said.
Reeves credits the coaching staff, especially assistant Chris Rose, with helping him turn things around.
“He made it really easy for me to understand what I needed to do to get better,” Reeves said.
Midwest City head coach Steve Huff didn't give much though to Reeves this season.
“It's steady with him,” Huff said. “We knew for three years exactly what we were going to get with him and he hasn't disappointed. It's not an up and down deal with him.”
What Huff was getting was a smooth, aggressive defender with a strong lower body.
“I'm not going to say his lower body strength is phenomenal but it's not something you see very often in kids his size,” Huff said.
Midwest City running back James Flanders said Reeves was “quiet, but he's always good.”
Another fellow All-State teammate, Zeke Lewis said it was comforting having Reeves playing behind him.
“He just really enjoys shutting people down,” Lewis said.