Nov 30, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Boston College Eagles defensive back Justin Simmons (27) makes a tackle on Syracuse Orange wide receiver Christopher Clark (18) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College Football 2014: Justin Simmons, DB

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Player Previews: Justin Simmons, 2014 BC Football

Junior Boston College Eagles defensive back Justin Simmons has already played in 25 games, and 12 (or 13) more could be on the way this year.

Simmons is a Floridian, coming from the south-central part of the Atlantic coast of the state. He relocated to Boston College two years ago, but not before having been named his local Defensive Player of the Year, and not to be outdone, he was also the team’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. Now that’s cornering the awards market.

A multi-sport athlete, Simmons also played basketball for his high school while maintaining a very active extracurricular schedule.

Justin Simmons was a three-star recruit back in 2012; he turned down offers from Illinois and Purdue, amongst others, to come to Boston College.

With no redshirt year forthcoming, Simmons made his collegiate debut in his first game of eligibility at free safety against Miami and has not looked back since. Including both his true freshman and sophomore seasons, Justin Simmons has appeared in all 25 possible games, starting ten.

Justin Simmons #27: Fast Facts

  • Position: Free safety
  • Hometown: Stuart, Florida
  • High School: Martin County High School, Stuart, FL
  • Measurements: 6-foot-3, 192 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Junior
  • BC games played: 25

Justin Simmons #27: 2013 Season

  • Backup free safety behind Sean Sylvia
  • Games played: 13; 4 starts
  • Cumulative statistics: 34 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovered
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
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Simmons has a great deal of in-game experience as he enters his upperclassman years at Boston College. In 2014, given that Sylvia is still with the team, chances are that Simmons might be backing up again. Even so, it is a fairly safe bet that Simmons will appear in every game (or almost every game).

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