Simcox trying to live the dream with Vols

John Allen-Michael Simcox, a walk-on offensive lineman from Sullivan Central that plays for Tennessee.

John Allen-Michael Simcox, a walk-on offensive lineman from Sullivan Central that plays for Tennessee.

BLOUNTVILLE - Allen-Michael Simcox was just about fed up with football.

In his four years at Sullivan Central, the Cougars won all of four varsity games, including zero during his last high school season in 2011.

“My senior year was pretty rough,” Simcox said.

But Mamaw didn’t teach Simcox to be a quitter.

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albert63 writes:

first, who?

Noogaorange writes:

Good article - good luck young man .... hope to see you playing on Saturdays. GBO VFL17

SeaBassHauling writes:

Go get your dream......reach for the stars...! GBO VFL40

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Rudy wasn't given much of a chance, never give up on your dreams..Godspeed.

voloffaith writes:

in response to albert63:

first, who?

Up grow........is alburt 6 or 3?

On topic, congrats young man..you are already successful as you are making the effort in spite of what reality might look like when comes to actual playing time.

volpreacherman writes:

Sounds as though this youn man has what it takes to be successful in something more important than football and that is life. But I will not be surprised to see this young man on the playing field this fall. Don't give up and keep working hard!

Olddogsrule writes:

Allen-Michael is a credit to his parents, his nephew, his Mamaw, and the University of Tennessee. Character such as he displays is a great thing and makes any team better by leading by example of "doing what it takes" in private life, in the classroom, the weightroom, and on the field. Let's all hope he achieves his goals and earns the playing time and becomes an All-SEC lineman.

GO YOU VOLUNTEERS!

wigmeister writes:

Good luck. Keep working hard and you will make it. Wish the staff would look at High from CAK. He would give anything to play for the Vols. He could be our Russell Wilson! I love when walk-ons make it!

BrassMonkey writes:

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BrassMonkey writes:

I bet Ken Sparks at Carson Newman was really miffed when we beat them out for this guy. I wonder if Alabama is planning on taking any recruits from Shelton State in Tuscaloosa this year? As the old saying goes. "Community college players build championship teams"

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

I bet Ken Sparks at Carson Newman was really miffed when we beat them out for this guy. I wonder if Alabama is planning on taking any recruits from Shelton State in Tuscaloosa this year? As the old saying goes. "Community college players build championship teams"

You might think about removing the 1st and 2nd letter from your screen name; then transposing the remaining 1st three letters to the end. It would be more appropriate.

LSG410EC83 writes:

Way to go from an old UT grad and an old Sullivan Central football player from 76-78. Way to small to have ever thought of being a UT player back in the day, but loved my Vols and still do with all my heart. Young men like you are what makes the team what it is, so dig in and give them 110. Good luck and God bless. And by the way Brassmonkey, how much football did you play and it sure is easy sitting behind a keyboard running the ole yap. Why not meet up with this giant and say what you are here to his face. You are one pitiful individual. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TRUE TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

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Thanks for your negative contribution to the site ...again....Sir/ma'am it appears from your continual spewing of ill words that you have known loserdom not from a distance,but up close. Sorry this sad existence has tainted you so badly that only thing you've got is putrid. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

volvann writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Thanks for your negative contribution to the site ...again....Sir/ma'am it appears from your continual spewing of ill words that you have known loserdom not from a distance,but up close. Sorry this sad existence has tainted you so badly that only thing you've got is putrid. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

Good response to the negative guy. This young man has had the opportunity to run through the 'T', which in itself is really cool. I am there every Satuday to watch the young men do this, and am envious every time. I personally never played college football, but I am a real UT fan as you are. I am proud of this young man and all the walk-ons who take beatings in practice and never complain.
Go Vols.....

retiredVolinGA writes:

This story could end up being so much like Rudy, it's scary. Maybe he'll make the play to save a win for Vols one day! God Bless him and GBO.

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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He's a good young man will make a great Vol...you see without a criminal record he does not qualify to apply to University of Florida At Gainesville...GO VOLS !!!!

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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How does it feel to be the second classless poster that knows not what he is talking about. The school this young man played for in high school has had to compete since the early 80's against teams that have much more talent. Kind of like Carson Newman playing against Alabama. New schools were built which took much of the talent that used to attend Sullivan Central. Have to admire a young man that can continue practicing day in and day out in high school with very little hope of winning. Have to say this young man has a lot of character (something you evidently know nothing about) to be able to do it and then attempt to walk on to UT and making it. Very easy to sit behind a keyboard and spout out garbage as you have. No confrontation that way. I am sure you could be led to the presence of this young man at the University so you can tell him face to face. Someone as spineless as yourself will not do this. OK, I took the bait and responded. As for Mr. Simcox, do us old Central Cougar players proud. May never make it into a game, but will succeed in the big game of life and that is what is most important. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TRUE TENNESSEE FAN. GO BIG ORANGE.

voloffaith writes:

Ah the dream police still let poster children violate the rules regardless of SUGGEST REMOVAL. Just look at Albert...hey,hey,hey. He was gloating about being FIRST and posted absolutely NOTHING about the topic. So if the rules really apply why is he still there? Insider evidently or the rules really don't apply so gotta leave it there?

Again, congrats young Master Wilcox on your achievements in spite of what the jealous might say.

Theo writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Wow, what sort of person takes shots at kids like this. Oh, that's right, you are an Alabama fan. Enough said.

OTPVol writes:

Rudy only played a couple of plays in one game. I expect this young gentleman will see a lot more playing time given his work ethic. I would love to see UT win a national title every year, but I also like seeing young men of this caliber on our roster. VFL! GBO!!!!!!

calvolfromkingsport writes:

in response to LSG410EC83:

How does it feel to be the second classless poster that knows not what he is talking about. The school this young man played for in high school has had to compete since the early 80's against teams that have much more talent. Kind of like Carson Newman playing against Alabama. New schools were built which took much of the talent that used to attend Sullivan Central. Have to admire a young man that can continue practicing day in and day out in high school with very little hope of winning. Have to say this young man has a lot of character (something you evidently know nothing about) to be able to do it and then attempt to walk on to UT and making it. Very easy to sit behind a keyboard and spout out garbage as you have. No confrontation that way. I am sure you could be led to the presence of this young man at the University so you can tell him face to face. Someone as spineless as yourself will not do this. OK, I took the bait and responded. As for Mr. Simcox, do us old Central Cougar players proud. May never make it into a game, but will succeed in the big game of life and that is what is most important. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TRUE TENNESSEE FAN. GO BIG ORANGE.

Just like the young Simcox this post is full of class. I've got a feeling that CBJ will get a few of these Simcox type of players, and just like Notre Dame this year and Boise St every year, you just never know what might happen. We can only hope for the best. It's hard to have class these days what with the lack of civility and manners missing in our fast paced, cynical,self serving society. I sure hope this young man prevails as I'm sure his proud parents have know doubts of his future success.

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