Kansas will open the Charlie Weis era by hosting South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.
2012 (So.): Played in all 12 contests on defense and special teams... Registered four tackles and a fumble recovery... Made first tackle of the year at Northern Illinois... Recovered a fumble on punt coverage at Oklahoma... Collected an assisted tackle at Baylor... Recorded season-high two solo tackles at West Virginia.
2011 (Fr.): Played in 11 games ... Saw first action against Northern Illinois ... Made a season-high five tackles against Oklahoma ... Had a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Sooners ... Recorded single tackles against Northern Illinois, at Georgia Tech, at Texas and at Texas A&M ... Equaled his season high with five solo stops against Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium ... One of 10 true freshmen to play during 2011 season.
High School: Ranked by Rivals.com as the 13th-best player in the state of Kansas... Named first-team 6A all-state by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal... Was tabbed to the Wichita Eagle Top-11 of Kansas third team... Was second-team all-metro by the Kansas City Star... Named first-team all-Sunflower League as a defensive back... Named Sunflower League Elite 11... As a senior he rushed for 1,455 yards and 10 touchdowns as a quarterback... Defensively he recorded 85 tackles... Added two interceptions and forced two fumbles... Rushed for 1,034 yards as a junior... Also recorded 46 tackles... Earned honorable mention all-conference as a junior... Team made the state championship game his senior year and won the state title his junior year... Lettered three seasons playing quarterback and free safety.
Personal: Born in Omaha, Neb... Son of Victor and Denise Simmons... Has one sibling... Plans to major in engineering... Cousin Ashanti Johnson played basketball at Kansas.