General: Selected in NFL Draft's fifth round (170th pick) by the Miami Dolphins ... Closed career with 105 receptions (eighth on NU's all-time list) and 1,698 receiving yards (sixth on list) ... Also returned punts for NU, averaging 12.8 yards per return (40 attempts) during his career, the second-best punt return average in school history ... Had at least one long return (60 yards or longer) each of the past three seasons ... Also finished sixth on NU's career chart in all-purpose yardage (3,470).
2001: Team leader in receiving yardage (807), despite being slowed for a couple games with a broken right ring finger ... Broke the finger in the first quarter at Duke and two nights later, underwent surgery to have a pair of pins inserted in the bones ... Came back to play the following game vs. Michigan State, but was clearly not 100 percent ... Savored his four best outings in four of the last seven weeks: against Minnesota he had seven catches for 97 yards and one TD, as well as a 71-yard punt return for TD; versus Penn State, he totaled a career-best 168 receiving yards (10th-best single-game performance at NU) on seven catches; against Bowling Green had 98 yards (six catches) and a TD; and at Illinois caught five passes for 95 yards and a career-best two touchdowns ... Scored on a 44-yard pass play against the Nittany Lions ... The 71-yard punt return vs. Minnesota was the 10th-longest punt return in NU history ... Had just one catch for five yards vs. MSU and three for 23 at OSU ... Two catches for 11 yards at Purdue ... In the season opener vs. UNLV, totaled 11 catches for a then-career-high 161 yards and one TD ... Five catches for 55 yards at Indiana.
2000: Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (9/3)
Led the team with 38 receptions
Led the team with a 13.2 punt return average
Also had 498 receiving yards (a 13.1 average per reception) and five touchdowns
On back-to-back weeks, scored the winning touchdowns vs. Minnesota and Michigan
Caught a 45-yard TD pass as time expired to defeat Minnesota
Had five catches for 91 yards and two scores vs. the Gophers
Caught an 11-yard TD pass with :20 left to defeat Michigan
Had the best receiving day for any Wildcat when he caught 12 balls for 124 yards and a TD vs. the Wolverines
Received the George Ballantine, Jr. Memorial Leadership Award
Named Special Teams Player of the Game once.
1999: Played in seven games before fracturing his clavicle, starting the first five at wide receiver ... Caught 12 passes for 261 yards and rushed 12 times for 65 yards ... Caught the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime against Duke ... Led the team with a 26.2 yards per return average on kickoffs and a 15.4 yards per return average on punts ... Returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown against TCU, the second longest return in school history ... Named Big Ten special teams player of the week following the TCU game ... Earned championship performance recognition once, special teams player of the week once and big playmaker of the game once.
1998: Played in 11 games as a true freshman ... Led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the nation in kickoff returns ... Had 22 returns for 607 yards, good for a 27.6 yard average ... Long return was 67 yards vs. Rice ... Rushed for 124 yards on 31 carries, a 4.0 yard average ... Scored on a 20-yard run at Penn State ... Caught five passes for 132 yards, a 26.4 yards per catch average ... Scored on a 46-yard TD reception at Wisconsin ... Named to champion's club for the Duke and Rice contests.
High School: USA Today Player of the Year for the state of Kansas ... SuperPrep and Street & Smith All-American ... Named Player of the Year by The Kansan ... Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year ... Played running back, quarterback, defensive back, kicker, punter, and returned kicks and punts ... Team captain ... Rushed for 1,578 yards and scored 23 touchdowns and passed for 445 and five touchdowns ... Also registered 97 tackles, eight interceptions ... Returned one kickoff and one punt for touchdowns ... Lettered 10 times as a prep (4-football, 4-track, 2-basketball) ... High school football coach was Steve Szczygiel ... National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Samuel Leeland Simmons on 11/25/79 ... Son of Russell and Elizabeth Simmons ... Communication studies major.
Simmons' Career Stats
Year G Rec. Yds. TD Long Rec/G Avg/G
1998 11 5 132 1 46 0.5 12.0
1999 7 12 261 1 71 1.7 37.3
2000 11 38 498 5 45 3 5 45.3
2001 11 50 807 7 60 4.5 73.4
CAREER 40 105 1698 14 71 2.6 42.5
Year G No. Yds. TD Long Avg/R
1998 11 1 8 0 8 8.0
1999 7 11 169 1 87 15.4
2000 11 13 172 0 63 13.2
2001 11 15 162 1 71 10.8
CAREER 40 40 511 2 87 12.8