|3 Travon Simmons|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
In position to contribute immediately during first active season on the Pirates' roster ... Penciled in as Domonique Lennon's top backup at the free safety position as a redshirt freshman ... Should also content for a top-tier special teams role as well ... Athleticism and quick acclimation to ECU's scheme has enabled quick rise on unit's depth chart ... Made a fumble recovery and added a tackle during the first spring scrimmage (March 31) before knocking down a pass and contributing another hit a week later in the second contest ... Was not credited with any statistics in the Purple-Gold game ... Flex rating of 17.0 ranks among the best within the strength and conditioning program ... While power lift numbers are still in the developmental stage, vertical (34") and broad (9'8.5") jumps ranked among top 50 percent of unit.
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 ... Undecided on a college major.