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RUNNING BACK SPOTLIGHT – Donte Simmons

Written by: on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Donte Simmons, Bristold.simmons

Height: 5-10

Weight: 175

40 Yard Dash: 4.6

Class of: 2015

Position(s): RB

Jersey: # 24

Years with Varsity: 2-years

Other Sports: None

Starting experience: 1-year (He started the last five games his freshman year)

2012 Stats: As a sophomore Donte rushed for 1,539 yards on 233 carries and 18 touchdowns. He only played nine games. He rushed for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games his freshman year.

2012 Highlights: Maybe his best game was in the playoffs when he rushed for 204 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns against Williams Valley. That was the first playoff game Bristol has ever won.

Honors: 1st team Bicentennial Athletic League at RB

 

Coaches Q&A with Leo Plenski: 

What are his strengths on the field?

“He is a hard nosed runner and he can run in between the tackles when he has to. When he hits the outside holes he turns on the jets. His freshman year he was more of a hard nosed runner. Last year he was more elusive. He has matured a lot mentally and physically. He is tough to bring down. If we need one yard for the first down he isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder to get that yard.”

 

Are you going to move him around this year?

“This year we are going to move him around more and try to get him the ball in different spots. He is such a good athlete and the more ways we can use him the better we are. We want to get him in open space and create mismatches.”

 

Does he play on defense?

“He is the backup safety. He only plays a little bit back there.”

 

Does he play special teams?

“He is our kick returner and occasionally he does punt returns.”

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