Simon Adjusting to Injury

Four-star defensive back Tharold Simon has been plagued by injury thus far in the 2009 campaign, but he hopes to return to action this Friday for the Bobcats.

Tharold Simon played his senior season out in his head many times over the summer and not once did he imagine the scenario that he’s currently faced with.

 

“I never thought it would go like this,” Simon said. “I’ve never had many problems with injuries in the past other than a sprained ankle or something, so this is all pretty new to me.”

 

Simon suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener, but the medical personnel were able to pop it back into place. Then on Sept. 21 – against Lafayette – it was déjà vu for the four-star prospect, but this time the injury was a little more serious.

 

“They tried to pop it back into place, but it wasn't as easy this time,” Simon said. “I had a couple of MRI’s done and the doctors said that I could play, but I shouldn’t play on defense because of the direct hits that the shoulder would take. We’ll see how it heals then they’ll determine whether or not I may need surgery later. But right now I don’t need surgery or anything.”

 

Simon was cleared to play last Wednesday (Sept. 23), but was held out of the Bobcats game against New Iberia-Westgate this past Friday to give the shoulder a little more time to recoup.

 

Sometimes an injury of this magnitude can be tough to overcome for a young high school senior, but Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair says that Simon has handled the adversity in a very mature way.

 

“He wants to play and it’s kind of hard to keep him off the field, but his spirits have remained high,” Trosclair said.

 

Simon was out on the Eunice practice fields on Monday taking part in the Bobcats practice, and Trosclair said that the plan is for him to play on Friday against Notre Dame of Crowley which features another LSU commitment in linebacker D.J. Welter.

 

Trosclair attributes Simon’s work ethic as the driving force in his recovery. While some players have been known to slack off once they know that they will be attending a school such as LSU, Simon has done the exact opposite since committing to the Tigers on Feb. 28.

 

“He’s probably had his best summer ever working out for us, and he’s been a real leader,” said Trosclair. “Unfortunately, he’s had this problem with his shoulder, but he hasn’t taken it easy by any means. He’s still working hard and trying to be the best player he can be.”

 

And being the best player he can be takes on different meanings with someone as versatile as Simon.

 

Since earning a starting spot midway through his freshman year, Simon has done everything Trosclair could ask of him, and then some.

 

As a sophomore, Simon, who now stands at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, picked off eight passes from his cornerback spot.

 

The following year, he was even more spectacular, logging five interceptions and 75 tackles, while snagging 22 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Simon’s numbers from his senior season will likely fall short of topping last year’s production, considering that he’s played just a little more than five quarters after missing time with his injury then sitting out the second game due to a minor disciplinary issue.

 

While the stats may not be as impressive, however, don’t expect that to have any bearing on his future at LSU.

 

“They said they would like to try him at corner and they think he has the hips to do it,” said Trosclair. “He’s got the best instincts I’ve seen and they’re just unbelievable. He’s got very good hips too. On the field he’s the best I’ve ever seen over here, and I know LSU is excited about him.”

 

Playing on the defensive side of the ball will have to wait for Simon, who is ranked No. 146 overall in the Scout 300. He’s just looking forward to getting back on the field in any capacity, and helping his Eunice Bobcats (1-3) achieve their goal of making it into the post-season.   

 

“It’s been tough but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field,” Simon said. “When you like to hit like I do it changes the way you approach things, but I’m looking forward to helping my team at receiver and going from there.”

 

And when his time at Eunice is finally completed, he says there is no question on where his next stop will be.

 

“I knew that LSU was where I wanted to go a long time ago and nothing has changed,” said Simon. “Some other schools (Tennessee and Texas A&M) have tried to talk to me, but they know where I’m going too. I’m just focusing on my team for now then I’ll focus on my next team after that, and that’s LSU.”

 

 


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Tharold Simon played his senior season out in his head many times over the summer and not once did he imagine the scenario that he’s currently faced with.

 

“I never thought it would go like this,” Simon said. “I’ve never had many problems with injuries in the past other than a sprained ankle or something, so this is all pretty new to me.”

 

Simon suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener, but the medical personnel were able to pop it back into place. Then on Sept. 21 – against Lafayette – it was déjà vu for the four-star prospect, but this time the injury was a little more serious.

 

“They tried to pop it back into place, but it wasn't as easy this time,” Simon said. “I had a couple of MRI’s done and the doctors said that I could play, but I shouldn’t play on defense because of the direct hits that the shoulder would take. We’ll see how it heals then they’ll determine whether or not I may need surgery later. But right now I don’t need surgery or anything.”

 

Simon was cleared to play last Wednesday (Sept. 23), but was held out of the Bobcats game against New Iberia-Westgate this past Friday to give the shoulder a little more time to recoup.

 

Sometimes an injury of this magnitude can be tough to overcome for a young high school senior, but Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair says that Simon has handled the adversity in a very mature way.

 

“He wants to play and it’s kind of hard to keep him off the field, but his spirits have remained high,” Trosclair said.

 

Simon was out on the Eunice practice fields on Monday taking part in the Bobcats practice, and Trosclair said that the plan is for him to play on Friday against Notre Dame of Crowley which features another LSU commitment in linebacker D.J. Welter.

 

Trosclair attributes Simon’s work ethic as the driving force in his recovery. While some players have been known to slack off once they know that they will be attending a school such as LSU, Simon has done the exact opposite since committing to the Tigers on Feb. 28.

 

“He’s probably had his best summer ever working out for us, and he’s been a real leader,” said Trosclair. “Unfortunately, he’s had this problem with his shoulder, but he hasn’t taken it easy by any means. He’s still working hard and trying to be the best player he can be.”

 

And being the best player he can be takes on different meanings with someone as versatile as Simon.

 

Since earning a starting spot midway through his freshman year, Simon has done everything Trosclair could ask of him, and then some.

 

As a sophomore, Simon, who now stands at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, picked off eight passes from his cornerback spot.

 

The following year, he was even more spectacular, logging five interceptions and 75 tackles, while snagging 22 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Simon’s numbers from his senior season will likely fall short of topping last year’s production, considering that he’s played just a little more than five quarters after missing time with his injury then sitting out the second game due to a minor disciplinary issue.

 

While the stats may not be as impressive, however, don’t expect that to have any bearing on his future at LSU.

 

“They said they would like to try him at corner and they think he has the hips to do it,” said Trosclair. “He’s got the best instincts I’ve seen and they’re just unbelievable. He’s got very good hips too. On the field he’s the best I’ve ever seen over here, and I know LSU is excited about him.”

 

Playing on the defensive side of the ball will have to wait for Simon, who is ranked No. 146 overall in the Scout 300. He’s just looking forward to getting back on the field in any capacity, and helping his Eunice Bobcats (1-3) achieve their goal of making it into the post-season.   

 

“It’s been tough but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field,” Simon said. “When you like to hit like I do it changes the way you approach things, but I’m looking forward to helping my team at receiver and going from there.”

 

And when his time at Eunice is finally completed, he says there is no question on where his next stop will be.

 

“I knew that LSU was where I wanted to go a long time ago and nothing has changed,” said Simon. “Some other schools (Tennessee and Texas A&M) have tried to talk to me, but they know where I’m going too. I’m just focusing on my team for now then I’ll focus on my next team after that, and that’s LSU.”

 

 

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