No. 16 Spartans getting ready to face No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
CAREER NOTES: Talented first-year player expected to see action immediately to provide depth and talent to linebacking corps.
2017 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Has played in all 11 games, making Spartan debut against Bowling Green . . . has 29 tackles, including a team-leading nine on special teams (all on kickoffs) . . . posted four tackles against Maryland, including first career tackle for loss . . . also had 32-yard kickoff return, the longest play of the game for the Spartans, against the Terrapins . . . tallied season-high seven stops at No. 11 Ohio State for season-high 16 production points, leading the linebackers and ranking second on the defense . . . posted one stop in win over No. 7 Penn State . . . tallied two tackles at Northwestern, coming on back-to-back plays . . . posted one tackle at Minnesota . . . tallied two tackles against Michigan . . . notched three stops in Iowa game . . . recorded season-high five tackles against Notre Dame . . . posted one tackle in Western Michigan game . . . logged three tackles vs. BGSU.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to the ESPN300 (No. 294), Scout300 (No. 296) and PrepStar350 (No. 305) rankings as one of the best overall prospects in the country . . . played linebacker and running back for Coach Jari Brown at Pioneer High School . . . two-time Detroit Free Press Dream Team selection . . . chosen to USA TODAY's All-USA Michigan First Team . . . listed the No. 1 outside linebacker in the state of Michigan and No. 2 in the Midwest by Scout.com . . . ranked one of the top outside linebackers in the country by ESPN.com (No. 20), Scout.com (No. 21), Rivals.com (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 35) . . . named one of the top overall prospects in the Midwest (No. 27) by ESPN.com . . . rated one of the best players in Michigan by The Detroit News (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 6), Detroit Free Press (No. 7), ESPN.com (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 8) and 247Sports (No. 12) . . . PrepStar All-Midwest Region Team selection . . . named to the Dream Team by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News as a linebacker his senior season after collecting 73 tackles, two interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and two blocked field goals . . . ran for 433 yards and three TDs and also had 10 catches for 155 yards and one TD on offense for the Pioneers . . . also named to the Ann Arbor News Dream Team as a linebacker . . . during his junior campaign, rushed for 1,112 yards and 18 TDs on 148 carries and was chosen to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a running back . . . in addition, he was selected the 2015 Ann Arbor News Offensive Player of the Year . . . also had 65 stops, including eight tackles for loss, and one forced fumble on defense as a junior and was a defensive selection to the 2015 Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State First Team . . . three-time SEC Red first-team honoree . . . was the only sophomore on the All-SEC Red First Team in 2014 with 36 tackles, including five for losses, to go along with 17 receptions for 296 yards and two TDs . . . son of Antonio and Tawan Simmons . . . born April 6, 1999 . . . special education-learning disabilities major.
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