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Brett Simcox was having a great season for a great high school program in Texas.

Starting the first five junior varsity games of the year at quarterback for The Woodlands H.S. outside of Houston, Simcox passed for roughly 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 2 more scores.

“In the beginning, it was a little rough getting into it,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore said. “But once that second and third game came around, it was pretty good. I was happy with the way I played. I’m not really surprised because I was surrounded by some pretty good athletes. That definitely contributed to my success.”

Simcox’s successful season abruptly ended in the Highlanders’ sixth game. On a fluke play where the ball was snapped over his head, Simcox suffered a broken left leg.

“The positive is I got to play the first five games,” he said. “I’m doing my part by recovering. And I didn’t want to completely forget about the team, because I’m still in that position of quarterback. I go to the games, help coach some, help and support my teammates. I talk to the backup about what he’s seeing, how can I help. Being there with the team helps in my recovery.”

Simcox is looking forward to being 100 percent by the spring, and he’s already set his sights on participating in 7-on-7 competition in the summer. As for his junior season, his goal is set.

“My goal is to start for varsity,” Simcox said. “I want to compete for that spot.”

As a freshman, Simcox was on the sidelines when the Highlanders played in the 6A Division I state championship game. He hopes to return as The Woodlands starting QB.

“Being on the sideline for that game, it gave me a good idea of what I can look forward to,” Simcox said. “Seeing the coaches and all the players in a game like that, it was exciting.”

Simcox has been playing quarterback for five years, and he’s been training with the Quarterback Academy for three years. “QBA has really helped me develop, and the R4 camps for me have been the most productive,” he said. “Those camps gave me the ability to slow down the time in games. The game speed is slower than what I was used to before I went to the R4 camps. It’s really helped make me better and more efficient.”

Receiving his first Duel invite earlier this year at a QBA camp in Denton, Texas, Simcox headed to Atlanta in July and finished second among a skilled group of incoming sophomores.

“Going into the first Duel, I think my expectations were pretty low,” he said. “But it was more intense than I thought it was going to be. I was kind of expecting more of a friendly competition. It was friendly, but it was really, really, intense. It was exciting.”

Simcox was pleased with his showing at the Duel. “It was nice to finish second,” he said. “That gave me confidence going into the year, and even for next year. It showed me that I competed well but I’m not the best and I still have more to work toward.”