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Brandon Baker, teacher-athlete

Originally Published: December 6, 2012
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The in-class assignment was to read a short story called "Exile Eyes." As the seventh-graders took out their books, they did what most middle-schoolers do when faced with some work.

They groaned and fidgeted.

"You can handle this," Brandon Baker told them. "It's not too long."

That's the same pep talk Baker has been giving himself at the end of every seemingly endless day this semester -- you can handle this.

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