Jeffrey Simmons is determined to prove his worth on Mississippi State’s defensive line.
According to 247Sports reporter Paul Jones, the sophomore nose guard is taking on a more vocal leadership role as he gets set for his second season in Starkville.
This is a stark contrast from the way Simmons conducted himself off the field prior to joining Mississippi State. In March 2016, video surfaced of Simmons repeatedly striking a woman. Simmons issued an immediate apology to the woman and has throughly cleaned up his act since the incident.
Simmons registered 40 tackles as a member of the Freshman All-SEC team last season.
That’s old news for Simmons though, who wants to make an even greater impact individually and collectively for the Bulldogs.
“Coming in as a freshman that is something I wanted to do,” said Simmons. “I wanted to come in and be a leader. When we came back in January, my mindset was like, you got to be a leader and push these guys. You may be young but you got to lead guys. They might be older than me but I feel like I can lead them.
Simmons explains why he’s taking a selfless approach to this season.
“It’s easier because my mindset has been (about) winning,” said Simmons. “I want to be a champion and all I’ve been thinking about is leading this team, from the summer training to now. I still have that same mindset. I am that guy that is not going to let my team lose.”
Mississippi State kicks off the season on Sept. 2 vs. visiting Charleston Southern.