|25 Brandon Simmons|
A walk-on transfer who quickly arrived on the scene early during the 2006 season and impressed coaching staff with skills and effort during preseason camp ... Positive impressions translated into early playing time because of injuries to tailbacks Dominique Lindsay, Norman Whitley and eventually Chris Johnson (Virginia) ... A versatile and athletic ball-carrier who continues the climb up the unit's depth chart - projected to open senior campaign competing for a starting position in the backfield along with Lindsay, J.R. Rogers and Jonathan Williams ... Could also remain a significant factor as member of special teams ... Officially joined Pirate program in January, 2006 and participated in spring drills after transferring from Elizabeth City State University a year earlier ... Played on defensive side of ball at ECSU as a member of the secondary during freshman campaign before transferring to East Carolina ... Picked up 58 yards on 11 carries during first spring scrimmage (3/28) before adding 26 yards on eight rushes during second tilt (4/4) ... Ran for one yard on two attempts and caught a pass for five yards during the weather-shortened '08 Purple-Gold Game ... Earned unit's Distinction of Outstanding Attitude, Effort and Leadership Award at the close of drills.
2007: Played in 12 games as a reserve running back and special teams member ... Carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards (2.5 ypc) ... Scored two TDs (Houston, Boise State) ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Carried the ball one time for a four-yard loss ... Also saw action as a member of special teams unit ... vs. UNC (9/8): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. USM (9/15): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. WVU (9/22): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. Houston (9/29): Scored first rushing TD of the season and fourth of his career in the second quarter in a reserve role ... Also experienced action as a member of special teams unit ... vs. UCF (10/6): Experienced action in a reserve role in the Pirate backfield and as a member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. UTEP (10/13): Experienced action in a reserve role in the Pirate backfield and as a member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): DNP-CD ... vs. UAB (10/27): Experienced action in a reserve role in the Pirate backfield and as a member of special teams unit ... Rushed five times for a season-high 20 yards - all coming in the fourth quarter ... Credited with one tackle (assist) on special teams ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Carried the ball two times for three yards in a reserve role ... vs. Marshall (11/10): Member of special teams unit - no stats ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Rushed one time for five yards ... Returned lone kickoff seven yards ... vs. Boise State (12/23): Carried one time for three yards ... Scored fifth career TD and second of the season midway through third quarter to push ECU's lead to 38-14 ... Recorded two tackles (solo, assist) on special teams.
2006: Played in 12 of ECU's 13 games ... Dressed out for the opener at Navy but made his Pirate debut a week later at UAB (9/9) ... Picked up 88 yards on 42 carries with three touchdowns ... Had six catches out of the backfield for 29 yards (4.8 avg) ... Scored touchdowns against Virginia (one) and SMU (two) ... Earned travel roster spot at the beginning of the season after spending the majority of preseason camp on the scout team ... vs. Navy (9/2): DNP-CD ... vs. UAB (9/9): Participated on the special teams unit ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Experienced limited action with role on special teams unit ... vs. WVU (9/23): Made first appearance in Pirate backfield, carrying ball two times for six yards ... First collegiate rush came in the third quarter ... Longest run of six yards came on a second-and-eight play up the middle ... vs. UVA (10/7): Turned in top outing of season ... Set career-highs in rushes (17) and rushing yards (57) ... Scored first career TD on a five-yard run up the middle in the first quarter ... Recorded first reception (11 yards) in the first quarter and finished with two catches for 18 yards ... Had a career-long run for 14 yards in the second quarter ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Had limited action in the Pirates' backfield, rushing just once for no gain ... vs. SMU (10/21): Picked up his first career multi-rushing touchdown game, scoring from one and two yards out ... Finished the game with four yards on five carries ... vs. USM (10/28): Experienced significant action in the Pirates backfield with 12 attempts for 14 yards ... Also had a career-high three receptions for seven yards ... vs. UCF (11/4): Rushed twice for one yard ... Also grabbed one pass for four yards in limited action ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Carried the ball two times for nine yards, including a run for six yards ... vs. Rice (11/18): Did not record statistics as a member of special teams unit ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Had one carry for zero yards ... Also participated as a member of the special teams unit ... vs. USF (12/23): Played in the Papajohns.com Bowl on special teams ... Did not record any statistics.
2005: Attended ECU but did not play football.
2004: Logged 31 tackles and netted three interceptions as a freshman rover at Elizabeth City State.
High School: A three-year all-area and two-time all-conference choice for coach Steve Mallard at Hobbton High School ... Selected to all-state squad (N.C. Prep and Associated Press) and named "Super Six Player-of-the-Year" as a senior ... Rushed for 1,896 yards during senior year which followed a 1,665-yard junior season ... Also recorded 490 reception yards and accounted for 17 TDs in 2002.
Personal: Full name is Brandon Lamar Simmons ... Born April 5, 1985 at Smithfield, N.C. ... A communications major ... Older brother of current Pirate fullback Jason Simmons.