STILLWATER — Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons spent last season as Caleb Lavey's backup, but now enters the 2013 football season as a starting outside linebacker.
Simmons had a strong spring, but missed the spring game with a high ankle sprain.
He says he is now nearly 100 percent, and the Cowboys will need his playmaking ability in defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer's style of defense.
Simmons recently sat down with The Oklahoman and discussed his injury, the defensive scheme and his family.
Q: You missed the spring game with a high ankle sprain. How are you progressing?
A: “Every day is a progression. I'm still getting treatment. I'm not where I want to be just yet, but I will be by the time season comes. I'm just not moving as fast or planting as fast as I would like, but I'll be back by time the game comes.”
What are you expecting from the linebacker corps?
“Big things. Big things. We got Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis back as seniors. Those guys lead the way for everybody. They keep everybody on the same page. For me, I'm still learning. I have a lot of things that I can learn that are just the small things that will improve my game that much better and have me on the same level as Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey.”
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