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WALB STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (3/30/16): Lee's Simon has humility and a hard hat

Tyler Simon still has one more year to play Trojan baseball (Source: WALB) Tyler Simon still has one more year to play Trojan baseball (Source: WALB)
The 3rd baseman leading off the inning (Source: WALB) The 3rd baseman leading off the inning (Source: WALB)
Tyler Simon and Brandon Brock (Source: WALB) Tyler Simon and Brandon Brock (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Tyler Simon is an excellent baseball player, and is even better at biology, but you'll never hear it from him. 

"He's everything you could ask for," said his head coach Brandon Brock. "In a student, in a player, in a son."

With his head low, Tyler Simon enters the Trojan dugout, puts his hard hat on, and prepares for war daily.

The junior mans third base for Lee County baseball. Brock has also taught Simon in a class. He says Simon is the perfect definition of a student athlete.

"I don't have a son, but if I did, I'd want him to be like Tyler."

The Kennesaw State verbal commit is confident yet bashful about his abilities. He made the varsity roster last season and knows his journey hasn't been a cake walk.

"I was a little nervous at first, but then I got over it," said Simon. "I had 2 home runs in my sophomore year and I already have 2 this year. So I just want to get better every year."

"I get emotional about him because he's one of those guys that stepped in last year as a sophomore along with some seniors last year and he started leading with the group," reflected Brock.

That character carries over to academics as well. Simon has a 3.9 GPA and one day wants to be an orthodontist.

"Even when your classmates are goofing off and stuff, you have to stay on task," reminded Simon. "Just do your work, get your grades, and then come out to the baseball field."

"He wants to learn. And that's the big key," said Brock. "Some people just don't want to learn. He wants to learn everything he possibly can. It doesn't matter what it's about."

Simon hopes one day that mentality will get him to the major leagues.

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