Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2012: Returning starting right tackle ... preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) ... in 24 career games (24 starts), has played 1,759 total snaps ... enters the 2012 season having started 24 consecutive games, matching the 10th-longest streak among active ACC players ... consummate student-athlete with a 3.865 cumulative grade point average following the Spring, 2012 semester ... in the program’s post-spring weightlifting evaluation, ranked among the offensive line leaders in bench press (2nd; 395 lbs.), power clean (t2nd; 319 lbs.), broad jump (t2nd; 8’7”) and squat lift (t3rd; 500 lbs.) ... in May, 2012, joined nine teammates on a mission trip to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project ... two-time Academic All-ACC pick ... one of five current Duke offensive linemen to have earned Academic All-ACC honors.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... received the program’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award after leading the team in snaps played (927) ... started all 12 games at right tackle ... topped the 70-play plateau in 11 of 12 games including a season-high 102 snaps against Wake Forest ... helped Duke rank among the ACC leaders in both passing offense (2nd) and sacks allowed per passing attempt (3rd) ... aided a Blue Devil passing attack that had four players catch 40+ passes for just the second time in school history and first time since 1982 ... part of a Duke line that opened holes for 19 rushing TDs, a total that matched the program’s highest output since 1995.
2010: Honorable mention Freshman All-America selection by College Football News ... Academic All-ACC choice ... recipient of the Mike Suglia Award, an honor presented annually to the sophomore member of the Duke football program who best exemplifies the academic and athletic qualities of the late Mike Suglia ... started all 12 games at right tackle ... played 832 total snaps, the fourth-highest total on the team ... played a season-best 93 snaps against Miami ... topped the 70-play barrier against Maryland (85), Navy (80), Virginia (87), Boston College (79) and Georgia Tech (74) ... part of an offensive line that ranked third in the league in sacks allowed per passing attempt as the Blue Devils had five players with 30+ receptions for the just the second time in school history ... helped Duke’s passing attack rank second in the ACC as quarterback Sean Renfree became just the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000+ yards ... also aided in Duke’s enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2), runs of 20 or more yards (+8) and total rushing TDs (+13).
2009: Did not see game action.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterman at Sanderson under Jason Tindal ... named 4A All-State by NCPreps.com following senior season ... selected to play in the 72nd annual Shrine Bowl ... named a 2008-09 Carolina Panthers Community Captain for excellence in athletics, academics and community service ... four-time all-conference honoree ... helped Sanderson to state playoff berths in each of his final two seasons ... also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Son of Renee and Brette Simmons ... father lettered four years (1975-76-77-78) as a tight end at Furman and was a two-time (1977-78) All-Southern Conference selection who finished with 82 career receptions for 1,197 yards and nine TDs while captaining the Paladins to the 1978 league championship ... father also served 12 years on the football coaching staff at N.C. State from 1987-98, helping the Wolfpack to a 79-60-2 record and eight bowl game appearances ... born November 18, 1990 ... majoring in civil engineering while pursuring a certificate in architecture.