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#11 Isaiah Simmons

Position:
S
Height:
6-2
Weight:
230
Class:
*So.
Hometown:
Olathe, Kan.
High School:
Olathe North HS
BIO

Athletic safety who made an impact in his first active season in 2017 and earned the team’s starting role at nickel/sam linebacker in 2018.

2018: Tied for the team lead with seven tackles in each of the team’s first two contests vs. Furman and at Texas A&M … collected five tackles, including one for loss against Georgia Southern … made a season-high nine tackles, including one for loss, vs. Syracuse … added two tackles at Wake Forest.

2017: Had 49 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, five pass breakups and a caused fumble in 258 snaps over 14 games … averaged a tackle every 6.1 snaps, first on the team (minimum 100 snaps) … had five tackles in 21 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2 … had a team-high nine tackles in 52 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had three tackles, a tackle for loss and pass breakup in 14 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had five tackles, a sack and two pass breakups in 22 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had four tackles and a pass breakup in 21 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had two tackles and a caused fumble in 24 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13; named team special teams player-of-the-game … had seven tackles and a tackle for loss in 31 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28 … had three tackles in 11 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had three tackles in 19 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had four tackles in 23 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.

2016: Redshirted … participated in the long jump with the Clemson track & field team in the spring.

Before Clemson: First-team all-state on both sides of the ball … first-team all-state as a defensive back, but he had some great stats on offense as well … had 92 tackles on defense and had 29 receptions for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns, an average of 34.3 yards per reception … 2015 was his first year as a wide receiver on offense … had a long touchdown catch of 82 yards … had 23 rushes for 148 yards and two scores … also had a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, his only return of the year, and a fumble return for a score … finished with 17 total touchdowns as a senior … helped his team to a 10-2 record in 2015 … coached by Chris McCartney … also outstanding in track, he was state champion in the long jump each in 2014 and 2015 with a career best of 23-8 … chose Clemson over offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisville … recruited by Brent Venables.

Personal: Majoring in sports communication.