A savvy veteran entering his junior season at linebacker, Ryan Simmons is expected to build on a very successful 2013 campaign, where he started every Oklahoma State Cowboys game and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 67. Spent the 2013 season at outside linebacker, but the 6-0, 235-pounder is likely to return to what the coaching staff think is his more natural spot in the middle for 2014. A player capable of chasing down plays all over the field, Simmons will be expected to provide leadership and production to the defense.
Was ultra-productive as a high school linebacker at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas, where he recorded 179 tackles as a senior with five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. As a junior, he had 151 tackles for Steele. He was an AP first-team all-stater in Texas and was the defensive MVP of the state championship game. Played in the USA vs the World All Star game and in the U.S. Army All-American Game. Ranked the 13th best prospect in the country at middle linebacker.
Got into the first three games of the season as a true freshman in 2011 before his season was ended by injury. Received an injury redshirt season after 2011. In 2012, he led the OSU freshman class with 23 tackles, including a season-high 11 tackles against Iowa State. In 2013, he started all 13 games at outside linebacker and would be in on 50 solo tackles. Had nine tackles for loss, one sack, one interception two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries for the Cowboys.
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