April 28, 2014

Lebanon Valley Football: Honoring His Dutch Roots, Tyler George Catches on at Lebanon Valley College

The Elco Grad is Contributing Heavily to the Championship-starved Flying Dutchmen
Given the senior nature of the squad, the overall stability within it and the depth at his position, Tyler George was faced with a huge challenge of simply fitting in on the Lebanon Valley College football squad. Yet he has gone way beyond just fitting in.

George has carved out his own personal niche with the Flying Dutchmen, created ways to contribute and even figured out how to excel in his role within the team framework.

But before that, George had a difficult choice to make. And not only did he stick with that decision, he did what he had to do to make it the right one.

George, a 2011 graduate of Elco High School, is the third receiver on a wide-receiver rich LVC team currently enjoying its best campaign in nearly 50 years. For George, the important thing isn't that he took the high road to get to Annville, it's that he arrived there at all.

"It's been a great decision," said George. "I'm definitely very happy. I came to a school where I really get along with with everyone. It all seems to be clicking. It feels great to be part of a team focused on the team element more than the individual. It seems like there's something in the air. Everything seems to be going the right way.

"The biggest reason is the team element," added George. "There's no focus on who's getting the recognition. Everybody roots for everybody else. The offense cheers for the defense and the defense cheers for the offense."

Yeah, it's good to be a Dutchman these days. Lebanon Valley has won six straight games and is ranked among the top 25 NCAA Division Three teams in the country for the first time ever in its existence. LVC is 7-1 overall, and 6-1 and in first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

"Things are going great," said George. "We're 7-1 and we decide our own destiny. We're two wins away from winning the MAC championship. It's amazing to be a part of that and the first ranked team in LVC history. It's something special.

"The goal at the beginning of the season was to win the MAC championship," George continued. "Whatever way we could do it, we wanted to get it done."

"His assimilation into our football program and into school, boy he did it right," said Lebanon Valley head coach Jim Monos of George. "He earned his spot by working hard and keeping his mouth shut, and he climbed the ladder. He raised the level of play in practice. Young men know when they see someone who's good, and Tyler's good. When you're faced with competition, you can go one of two ways. You can fold or you can raise your level of play."

George is one of a handful of transfers who have helped Lebanon Valley elevate its level of play.

During his senior season at Elco, George was moved from his natural position of receiver to quarterback to aid his team's chances of winning. A three-sport star, George was recruited to play football at Division Three Muhlenberg College in Allentown, where things just didn't work out for him.

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