Former Evans High School standout Reuben Faloughi is enjoying a fine season as an outside linebacker for the University of Georgia.
Faloughi's story has been well documented.
As a senior in 2008, Faloughi helped lead Evans to a 10-1 record and the school's first region title in 21 years. He garnered many awards and was named First Team All-County and All-Area. He also had several college scholarship offers.
The offers, though, were from small college programs and Faloughi had bigger plans. Rather than accept a scholarship at one of the smaller programs, he chose the difficult task of walking-on to one of the nation's premier programs.
Most walk-ons eventually give up their dream of playing big-time college athletics, and the small percentage that do stick it out never see the field, much less earn a scholarship.
Well, Faloughi isn't "most" walk-ons.
His first year in Athens he earned an award as an outstanding scout team performer, while also being on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll academically. He followed that up by being named the team's most outstanding walk-on in spring drills in 2010.
Faloughi's hard work and dedication was rewarded following spring practice, when he was given a scholarship by coach Mark Richt.
The former Knight made Richt look like a genius by appearing in 10 games and being named to the All-SEC Academic Team.
This season has been even better. First, he was one of the stars of Georgia's G-Day game, recording four tackles and a team-high three quarterback sacks. Then he opened the season with two tackles, including one for a loss, in the Bulldogs' loss to Boise State, and has since seen time in each game this season.
Now a 6-foot-5, 255-pound redshirt sophomore, Faloughi appears to be firmly entrenched in Georgia's plans on defense. His story is one that should be told to all aspiring young athletes out there.
Faloughi is the only person who knew what kind of fire he has inside to succeed. I should say he "was" the only one, because now the Georgia coaching staff knows, too.