|3 Travon Simmons|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
In position to enhance contribution role, both in the defensive secondary and on special teams as a sophomore ... Expected to open 2015 campaign formally listed as Domonique Lennon's top backup at free safety before the second-straight season, but coaches expect a battle between the two for starting honors throughout the season ... Has used first career start against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl as a source of added confidence ... Could also content for a top-tier special teams role again as well, depending on defensive responsibilities ... Athleticism and quick acclimation to ECU's scheme has aided in quick rise on unit's depth chart ... Credited with two tackles, a pass deflection and returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 ... Co-led unit with four stops in the second contest on April 11 ... Closed out spring work with three hits during the Purple-Gold Game a week later ... Flex rating of 17.0 ranks among the best within the strength and conditioning program ... While power lift numbers displayed considerable improvement (300-pound bench press, 415-pound back squat), vertical jump (34"), broad jump (9'8.5") and pro shuttle time (4.06) currently rank among top 4 percent of unit.
2014: Played in nine games with one start ... Made first collegiate start against Southeastern Conference member Florida in the Birmingham Bowl and responded with a career-best three tackles (two solo) ... Overall, was credited with seven stops (five solo), two pass breakups (SMU, Tulsa), one forced fumble (Florida) and one interception (SMU) ... Pick against the Mustangs came in the third quarter and did not feature return yardage ... Posted a pair of two-tackle outings -- vs. N.C. Central and Tulane ... Both stops against the Green Wave were solo hits ... Played, but did not record statistics against South Carolina, North Carolina, Connecticut and UCF ... Did not experience action vs. Virginia Tech, USF, Temple and Cincinnati.
2013: Redshirted during true freshman campaign ... Praised for play on scout teams by coaching staff ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill's program in February.
High School: Played key role for a Hillgrove High School program that advanced to the Georgia High School Association 6A Playoffs before falling to Camden County in 2012 ... Helped the Hawks to an overall record of 6-5 and a 5-3 mark in 6A Region 4 play as a senior with 23 tackles (16 solo), three interceptions and six pass breakups ... Anchored a defense for coach Phil Ironside that held six opponents to 15 or fewer points during his senior season, which included consecutive shutouts against Campbell and Pebblebrook ... Also starred as a kickoff return specialist, recording a 78-yarder to open the Pebblebrook contest and adding a 55-yarder against Kennesaw Mountain to begin second half action ... Defensively, picked off a pass against Beach in the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs as a junior ... Netted 29 stops (21 solo), four pass thefts and seven breakups in 2011 as Hawks rolled to an 11-1 record (7-0 league mark) ... Tallied 24 tackles (15 solo), five picks and 10 PBUs as a key contributor in 2010 ... In all, finished prep career with 76 hits (52 solo), 12 interceptions and 23 aerial knock-downs ... Participated in the 2012 Nike Combine circuit, posting an electronically-timed 4.69 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.2 clip in the 20-yard shuttle, a 31.6-inch vertical leap and a 82.38 SPARQ score ... Earned addition varsity letters in track.
Personal: Full name is Travon Rashad Simmons ... Born December 30, 1994 at Atlanta. Ga. ... Brother, Traye, played collegiately in the Big 10 Conference at Minnesota before signing with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 ... A finance major.