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Travis Simmons

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tallahassee, Fla.

High School:
Florida A&M HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 177

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
3L


A Conference USA and national honors candidate who has developed into one of the college football's premier cornerbacks while also providing an impact as the program's punt return specialist ... Will open senior campaign entrenched on ECU's defensive chart as the starter at one of the cornerback positions, opposite Emanuel Davis ... Tandem arguably ranks as one of the top cornerback duos in Conference USA, if not the country ... Will also be counted on to serve another visible role on special teams ... Turned in an impressive first spring scrimmage (April 3), recording one tackle, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... Logged four stops in the second spring tilt (April 10) before finishing the spring season with a pass breakup and interception in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17) ... Combines plenty of speed, backfield savvy and a physical style of play with noted coverage ability ... A preseason All-Conference USA selection as a cornerback and punt returner by Phil Steele Magazine.

2009: Started all 14 games at one of the cornerback positions and served as ECU's top punt returner ... Earned All-Conference USA (honorable mention) honors ... Ranked among the Pirates' top 10 tacklers with 52 ... Made a career-high 25 solo stops ... Finished tied for third on the squad with 39 tackles on passing plays ... Averaged 12.6 yards in 16 punt returns with a long of 38 against West Virginia, which included a season-best 52 total yards ... Had two more punt runbacks of 30 or more yards, against Appalachian State (30) and Rice (37) ... Tallied a season-high five tackles on five occasions in games vs. North Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, Virginia Tech and Southern Miss ... All five stops against the Tar Heels were solo ... Booked two or more tackles in each game ... Recorded only interception of the season in the fourth quarter against UCF to help lead the Pirates to a victory in their C-USA opener ... Broke up a pass at North Carolina and against Rice ... Contributed perhaps biggest pass tip of career against Houston in the league championship game, deflecting a 34-yard Case Keenum pass to teammate Van Eskridge in the endzone with 42 seconds remaining to preserve ECU's triumph ... Part of a defense that held seven opponents to under 100 yards rushing (UCF/70, SMU/28, Rice/78, Memphis/84, Tulsa/30, Houston/30, Arkansas/81) ... Helped anchor a pass defense that limited Appalachian State (144), Marshall (127) and No. 22 Virginia Tech (137) to under 150 yards passing ... Recognized as a member of the defensive Victors Club (weekly performance-based honor).

2008: Closed sophomore season as one of the Pirates' top defensive performers as a starter at one of the cornerback positions ... Played in all 14 games and opened the last four contests against UAB, UTEP, Tulsa and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Compiled 30 overall tackles, 17 coming as solo hits ... Recorded both interceptions in back-to-back games, following a pick against UTEP with another against Tulsa in the Conference USA title game - one that included a 72-yard return for a touchdown that gave the Pirates a 14-0 first-quarter lead and momentum ... Also returned a fumble 40 yards and netted four tackles against the Golden Hurricanes to earn C-USA Championship Game MVP honors ... Picked up a season-high six stops a week earlier against UTEP ... Also credited with a pair of pass breakups (Tulane, UAB) ... Averaged nearly five (4.8) tackles per game as a starter down the stretch ... Contributed multi-stop efforts on eight occasions ... Other notable tackle performances came against UAB (five), Kentucky (four), Tulane (four), Houston (three), UCF (two) and Marshall (two) ... In addition to play in the secondary, also served a pivotal role on special teams squad - finishing among unit's top 10 with four stops ... Pick against Tulsa was the first-ever (and longest) interception returned for a score in C-USA Championship Game history ... Used 40-yard fumble return in the second quarter against Golden Hurricane to set a new league title game standard for defensive return yards (112) while also setting a contest record with 134 overall return yards with the addition of 22 punt return yards ... Was program's top punt returner to close out the campaign, recording 13 returns for a team-high 147 yards (11.3 ypr) ... Established season-highs in returns (four) and return yards (54) against UTEP ... Also turned in a season-long return of 28 yards vs. Miners ... Racked up 45 return yards vs. UAB a week after taking over duties against Southern Miss (2-10) ... Opened season as a reserve cornerback, not among the unit's two-deep, but work ethic enabled climb up personnel ladder.

2007: Started four of 10 games played as a true freshman ... Earned selection to the 2007 Conference USA All-Freshman Team (media, coaches) ... Had 27 total stops (17 solo, 10 assists) ... First career start came against UCF and tallied a career-high nine tackles (four solo) ... Added first career pass theft against Knights, returning it 80 yards (ninth-longest return in ECU history) to set up an East Carolina touchdown ... Also opened games against UTEP, N.C. State and UAB ... Credited with two overall pass breakups ... Tallied eight total stops, all solo, a week later in El Paso against the Miners ... Booked three tackles in regular season finale against Tulane ... Posted three two-tackle outings - Houston, N.C. State and UAB ... Credited with a pass breakup against the Wolfpack ... Contributed single stop at Memphis ... Made collegiate debut at Virginia Tech as a member of the special teams ... Did not experience action vs. North Carolina, Southern Miss and Marshall.

2006: Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2006 ... Was not a member of the football program during the fall but was allowed to join team and begin conditioning workouts in January, 2007.

High School: A two-way, all-state performer for Florida A&M High School ... Made 30 receptions for 724 yards and eight touchdowns from his wide receiver position ... Averaged 24.1 yards per catch ... Defensively, tallied 35 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles from the secondary ... Also netted five interceptions and 10 pass breakups ... Returned one pick 70 yards for a TD ... Turned in notable special teams play as well, scoring on an 80-yard blocked kick return ... Helped lead squad to post-season play (regional finals) as a senior ... Selected to the All-FCA District and All-Big Bend units ... Chosen as the 1B Player-of-the-Year (Tallahassee district) ... Selected as a finalist for the "Mr. Football 1B Award" ... In addition to a pair of football letters, also participated in the Baby Rattlers' track and basketball programs ... Earned two varsity football letters ... Posted a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash ... Vertical leap ability was measured at 37.0 inches ... Came from same prep program that produced NFL players Sam Madison (Miami Dolphins), Earl Holmes (Detroit Lions) and Taylor Jacobs (Washington Redskins) ... Coach was Ira Reynolds.

Personal: Full name is Travis Marques Simmons ... Born September 14, 1987 at Tallahassee, Fla. ... A communications major ... Says his teammates are the best thing about ECU Football ... Lists former quarterback David Garrard as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Hobbies include playing all sports ... Like many others, picks Lee Corso as favorite on-air sports personality ... Credits mother, grandmother and high school coaches as biggest influences on career ... Cousin of former Southern Cal and current NFL running back Reggie Bush.