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OSU football notebook: LB Ryan Simmons continuing to impress

Last season, Simmons tallied 23 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup as Caleb Lavey's primary backup.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: August 25, 2013
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photo - CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Kevin Peterson (1) and Ryan Simmons (52) celebrate a defensive play in front of Louisiana-Lafayette's Darryl Surgent (87) during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Kevin Peterson (1) and Ryan Simmons (52) celebrate a defensive play in front of Louisiana-Lafayette's Darryl Surgent (87) during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State receiver Tracy Moore called over to Daytawion Lowe, asking his teammate what “Ryan's” last name was.

Moore was talking about sophomore linebacker Ryan Simmons, who has earned positive buzz during the spring and fall camp since moving from the backup middle linebacker spot to the starter on the weak side.

“I didn't know he was starting,” Moore said. “And then you line up against him, and he's out there guarding you and putting his hands on you and stuff. He's pretty strong. He's definitely ready to play.”

Last season, Simmons tallied 23 tackles (4.5 for loss), 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup as Caleb Lavey's primary backup.

DAYTAWION LOWE ‘SHOCKED' AT LYNDELL JOHNSON'S QUICK ADJUSTMENT TO SAFETY

Lyndell Johnson emerged as a dynamic playmaker for the OSU defense last season, racking up 28 tackles (6.5 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup while playing in nine games as a reserve hybrid outside linebacker.

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