The plan for how much Mississippi State DE Jeffery Simmons will play in the Bulldogs’ game against Wofford this Saturday has not been determined, head coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday.
Mullen, speaking on the SEC coaches conference call, said that he would decide on a game plan for the 5-star signee on Saturday. Simmons had to sit out last week’s loss to South Alabama while he served a one-game university suspension.
“We’ll see what happens Saturday,” Mullen said. “See how the week of practice goes and we’ll make a decision come game time.”
The university suspended Simmons in response to video of the former 5-star signee repeatedly punching a woman that surfaced in March. He apologized for the incident on Facebook, claiming that he was defending his family. Simmons was arrested for simple assault and disturbing the peace by fighting. The case has not gone to trial yet.
When asked about whether Simmons learned anything from the suspension, Mullen pointed out that he was not involved in the decision to suspend the freshman. The university made that judgment.
He went on to say, however, that Simmons has been a great member of the program since he arrived at school this summer.
“I think Jeffrey, though, since he’s been on campus, has done everything we’ve asked him to do and has been a great teammate in everything,” Mullen said. “And all the things that we’ve asked him to do, he’s fulfilled to the best of his ability.”
Simmons, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi, signed with the Bulldogs in January.
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