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October 25, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: GMC Prep senior leads on and off the field

MILLEDGEVILLE — As a senior Colby Lawrence has proven a consistent force in the lineup for Georgia Military Prep School this season. He added another strong performance last week against Lincoln County to catch the eye of the community and earn Athlete of the Week honors.

Starting on both offense and defense against the Red Devils, Lawrence racked up 113 yards rushing on 24 carries with two touchdowns, as well as six tackles on defense.

“I think we played well as a team,” he said. “The offensive line did their job and opened up holes for the backs, and the defensive line did their job.”

According to head coach Steven Simpson, the performances this season have been a testament to what kind of student-athlete the senior is on and off the field.

“He’s not a ‘me’ player at all. He’s one of the guys that takes losing the worst,” Simpson said. “If we win, he’s excited but he’s always looking at what he can do better. He’s always looking for that edge.”

Simpson suggests that Lawrence has proven to be one of the Bulldogs’ best in the classroom, transferring his study habits over to the ball field.

“Here we’re a little different; a lot of our guys excel in the classroom. Colby’s one of those guys that excels in the classroom and translates stuff to the football field,” Simpson said. “He’s that guy that takes it and studies film. That helps him be successful on Friday night because it’s almost second nature for him.”

As one of the leaders in this year’s Bulldog senior class, Lawrence has worked four years to develop a standard for future GMC Prep players.

“Now we have the opportunity to be a role model for all the younger players,” he said. “I want to be the person that leads by example, a person that knows what to do and how to do it, and a person who can help people accomplish things they couldn’t accomplish.”

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