An extremely gifted athlete who has moved from offense to defense and back to offense during his UAB career ... enters fall practice as a backup at wide receiver ... wore jersey No. 11 for the first two years of his career; will wear No. 9 in 2001.
2001: Caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in UABÕS 55-3 victory over Army Sept. 22 at Legion Field ... also had a season high 35 receiving yards against Army ... posted four catches for 50 yards on the season ... saw action in eight games, starting four.
2000: Began the season as a safety, but a rash of early-season injuries in the receiver corps brought him quickly back to the offensive side of the ball ... had a big game vs. Middle Tennessee (Oct. 21) with three receptions for 68 yards (including a 40-yard connection with Jeff Aaron) ... had the biggest moment of his career to date in the win at East Carolina (Oct. 28), catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Aaron late in the third quarter ... finished the season with five receptions for 98 yards ... moved from receiver to safety during 2000 spring practice.
1999: Participated in all 11 games, primarily on special teams É made three unassisted tackles.
1998: Sat out the season for academic reasons.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for Coach W.O. Whitcomb (father of former UAB quarterback John Whitcomb) at Chipley High School ... also lettered in basketball and track.
PERSONAL: Born May 5, 1978, in Lake Wales, Fla. ... son of T.J. Simmons, Sr., and Janet Lovett ... a criminal justice major with a history minor ... named to the UAB DeanÕs List for the spring 2001 quarter ... has been named to the UAB Athletic DirectorÕs Academic Honor Roll twice during his career.