Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said Simmons' biggest challenge as he moves into that role at a new position is learning how to balance his playmaking ability with staying within the Cowboys' scheme.
“Nothing can happen, play-wise, unless you know where you're supposed to be, you line up right and (your) assignment's right,” Spencer said. “Then after that, just let your ability to take over. But you take care of your business that can hurt us first, then go out and make big plays.”
Simmons saw meaningful playing time last season, leading all freshmen with 23 tackles and adding a forced fumble and 0.5 sacks.
JAKE JENKINS READY TO START AT CENTER
For the second season in a row, OSU will have a new starter at center, with junior Jake Jenkins slated to fill the void left by departed senior Evan Epstein.
Jenkins, who played in seven games in 2012 and made one start, said his primary goal this spring is to get comfortable making the offensive line calls and becoming the on-field leader of the group.
“Just making sure I have the offense down solid,” Jenkins said, “and knowing everything that we need to do and making sure everybody's going in the right place. The center is the top person in the offensive line. He controls the line.”