The senior returns as the Eagles' top tackler
Senior DB Justin Simmons talks about spring practice
The junior moved from safety to corner when the Eagles needed him
The Eagles and Hokies face off on Saturday
Hilliman led the Eagles for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
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SIMMONS' CAREER HIGHS
NOTES: Named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list before the start of the 2015 season.
2014 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games, seven at free safety and the final six at right corner after moving due to injuries on the team … led the Eagles with 76 tackles, 63 solo stops and two interceptions … second on the team with five pass breakups … member of the BC defense that ranked second in the nation, allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game ... recorded two unassisted tackles, including a sack for a loss of 15 yards, one interception with a return of 20 yards, and a pass breakup at Massachusetts (Aug. 30) … recorded eight tackles (seven solo) against Pittsburgh (Sept. 5) … had seven tackles (five solo) against No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) … recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Colorado State (Sept. 27) … tallied nine tackles (eight solo) at NC State (Oct. 11) … had five unassisted tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, and a career-high two pass breakups against Clemson (Oct. 18) … posted three unassisted tackles and intercepted quarterback John Wolford’s pass on the final drive of the game with BC leading by five at Wake Forest (Oct. 25) … recorded eight tackles (four solo) and pass breakup at Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) … tallied five tackles (four solo) against Louisville (Nov. 8) … posted eight tackles (six solo) at No. 1 Florida State (Nov. 22) ... recorded six solo tackles against Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27).
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games … recorded 34 tackles, including 22 solo tackles, and three pass break-ups … registered six tackles and one pass break-up in the team’s 29-26 win at Maryland (Nov. 23) … tallied six solo tackles and one fumble recovery against Arizona (Dec. 31) at the AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. … recorded five tackles against Army (Oct. 5) … tallied four tackles at North Carolina (Oct. 26) and New Mexico State (Nov. 9).
2012 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 12 games … started six games at free safety, one at cornerback … ranked seventh on the team with 52 tackles … tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles … posted three tackles and a forced fumble against Maine (Sept. 8) … registered four tackles and forced a fumble at Army (Oct. 6) … notched six tackles against Florida State (Oct. 13) … recorded three tackles and a pass breakup at Georgia Tech (Oct. 20) … tallied seven tackles, a pass breakup, and first career interception versus Maryland (Oct. 27) … career-high eight tackles at Wake Forest (Nov. 3) … recorded seven solo stops against Notre Dame (Nov. 10) … posted five tackles and one pass breakup against Virginia Tech (Nov. 17) … registered seven tackles and a pass breakup at NC State (Nov. 24).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned All-Area Defensive Player of the Year honors from Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers … named second team All-State as a senior … recognized as First Team All-Area in 2010-11; received honorable mention as a sophomore … played in the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast Senior All-Star Game and had an interception … hailed as the 2011 Impact Player of the Year by Next Level Sports Scouting … totaled 24 career interceptions; returned two for touchdowns … recorded 80 tackles and four interceptions as a senior … registered 496 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 25 catches to go along with 275 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries in 2011 … amassed 70 tackles and seven interceptions in as a junior … hauled in 15 receptions for 390 yards and six touchdowns in 2010 … helped lead the Tigers to an 8-4 record and a berth in the playoffs as a senior … Martin County’s Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … played for head coach Chuck Kenyon; served as captain for two seasons … led the Tigers basketball team to district championships ini 2010-11; regional finalists as a senior … averaged 15.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game; amassed 47 blocks … named to Treasure Coast All-Star Team in 2012 … achieved honor roll throughout tenure at Martin County … also active as a Safe School Ambassador, Best Buddies mentor, high school ministry and Pop Warner football coach.
PERSONAL: Justin Simmons ... enrolled as a communication major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences ... Justin is the son of Kimberly and Victor Simmons; has two younger siblings, Nate and Tristan.