Stat to Note
Last season Simmons split time at the quarterback position with David Blazevic, but Simmons was really just a glorified running back rushing for 1,034 yards on 128 carries.
With his commitment to play football at Kansas now official, Simmons will have the "Division One" tag to live up to during the season. He projects as Olathe North's starting quarterback and safety and will play a vital role in the Eagles attempt at their second state championship in as many years.
Simmons' speed is what sets him apart from the majority of the Sunflower League (a common theme among the Olathe North skill position players). While it's hard to imagine Olathe North putting any more of an emphasis on the running game, it may be the reality with Simmons as the full time quarterback. Last season Blazevic would be subbed in to throw the passes, but with his graduation, that task may now be left to Simmons who isn't quite a polished passer.
Regardless, Olathe North's emphasis is going to continue to be running the football for success. Simmons could very easily eclipse 1,500 rushing yards in 2010, filling some of the void that will be left with James Franklin's graduation.
Defensively Simmons will be the center point of what should be the top secondary in the Sunflower League. He, along with Dominick Wilson and Adonis Saunders should have no problem shutting down opposing passing attacks.