DURHAM, N.C. - Duke redshirt junior offensive tackle Perry Simmons was
named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team, as announced on
Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A 6-6, 300-pound right tackle from Raleigh, N.C., Simmons
has started 36 consecutive games for the Blue Devils and this season has
anchored an offensive unit that averages 31.3 points per game, the third highest
average in school history. A civil engineering major with an emphasis in
architecture, Simmons owns a 3.87 grade point average and is a two-time
Academic All-ACC Football Team selection.
Simmons has played 947 snaps this season, which ranks as the
second most on the team. He has played 3,546 career snaps, which ranks second
among Duke's active players. Blocking for a running game that averages 119.0
rushing yards per game and a passing game that averages 277.6 yards per game,
Simmons has helped Duke compile a 6-6 record and a berth to the Belk Bowl in
Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 27. The game will be Duke's first bowl appearance
since the 1994 season.
Simmons is the 12th Duke football player to earn Academic
All-America honors, joining a list that includes Butch Allie (1959, 1960), Ed
Lyon (1959), Bill Jones (1965), Roger Hayes (1966), Bob Laskey (1967), Curt
Rawley (1970), Mike Diminick (1986, 1987, 1988), Doug Kley (1989), Travis
Pearson (1993), Shawn Johnson (2002) and Eli Nichols (2005, 2006).
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