|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.