54 Tyler Simmons
At Navy: All-East candidate ... enters the fall as a starter at linebacker ... injured his spleen in a snow skiing accident at the end of February and missed all of spring practice ... expected to be healthy and ready to go at the start of fall camp ... selected as the Admiral Mack Award winner at the conclusion of spring practice in 2009 ... the award is given to the most improved player during spring drills ... one of the biggest linebackers at Navy in recent memory ... runs to the football and will deliver a big hit ... expected to be an impact player this fall ... has earned two varsity letters.
2009: Saw action in all 14 games where he was the Mids' third-leading tackler with 68 (29-39) ... also turned in a tackle for a loss and broke up a pair of passes ... member of Navy's defense that held Missouri, the nation's 33rd-ranked scoring offense with its 30.3 points per game, to just 13 points in the 2009 Texas Bowl ... was Missouri's third-lowest scoring output of the year and the fewest points since Texas throttled the Tigers 41-7 on Oct. 24 ... after the Tigers scored a TD just 24 seconds into the game, Navy's defense held Missouri without a touchdown for the remainder of the contest ... was in on three stops against Missouri ... fought off a foot injury to play a significant role in Navy's win over Army ... chipped in a pair of tackles in leading the Mids to their eighth-straight win over the Black Knights ... the Mids held Army to just a field goal in the contest after Ricky Dobbs threw an interception in Navy territory in the first quarter ... Navy's defense has not allowed an Army touchdown in 12-straight quarters (dating back to 2006) ... furthermore, the Mids did not give up an offensive touchdown to Army or Air Force in 2009 ... produced four tackles against Delaware in the home finale ... contributed five tackles in the Mids' win over Notre Dame ... Navy's 14-0 advantage at the half marked the first time since Nov. 1, 1997, that the Mids have led the Irish at the half ... it's also the first time since Nov. 2, 1974, that Navy has shut out Notre Dame in the opening half ... the Mids' defense held Temple to just 37 yards passing, the fewest yards since Rice completed all five of its pass attempts for 35 yards on Oct. 23, 2004 ... turned in six tackles for the Mids, including five solos against Temple ... also credited with a forced fumble, though the Owls retained possession ... Navy's defense stifled the Wake Forest offense all day, holding the Deacs scoreless in the first quarter and to three points for more than 53 minutes ... recorded five tackles against the Deacs ... saw extensive action against SMU where he, along with Ram Vela, led the Mids with seven tackles ... also turned in his first career tackle for a loss of four yards and broke up a pass ... part of a defense that held Rice to just 21 yards on the ground, marking the second time this year the Mids have held an opponent to under 50 yards rushing ... Navy also held Rice to 272 yards of total offense, the third opponent in 2009 that has been held under 300 yards of total offense ... pitched in three tackles against the Owls ... member of the Mids' defense that did not give up an offensive TD by Air Force and held the Falcons well under its rushing average of 319 yards (183 vs. Navy) ... contributed six tackles against the Falcons ... turned in a career-high tying seven tackles in the Mids' win over Western Kentucky ... also credited with his first-career pass breakup ... was in on five tackles at Pitt ... member of a Navy defensive squad that held Louisiana Tech scoreless for the final 54 minutes of the contest in a 32-14 win by the Mids ... led Navy with a career-high tying seven tackle performance against the Bulldogs, including a career-best four solo stops ... turned in a solid defensive effort against sixth-ranked Ohio State in the season opener ... pitched in a career-high seven tackles against the Buckeyes.
2008: Saw action in all 13 contests where he made 10 tackles ... turned in an assisted tackle against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl ... was in on one stop leading the Midshipmen to a 34-0 win over the Black Knights, as well as their sixth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy win ... it's the first time Navy has pitched back-to-back shutouts since 1986 ... it's also the first shutout against Army since 1978 (28-0) ... contributed a tackle in Navy's 16-0 win over Northern Illinois ... it's the first shutout Navy's defense has pitched since Sept. 18, 2004, when the Mids beat Tulsa on the road, 29-0 ... it was the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 1999 against Iowa (24-0) ... made incredible hits on each of the Mids' two onside kicks against Notre Dame ... recorded a career-high tying two tackles in Navy's win over Temple ... made a solo tackle in the Mids' Homecoming loss to No. 23 Pitt ... was in on an assisted tackle at Air Force ... turned in a solo tackle against Rutgers ... made his collegiate debut by producing a pair of tackles in the win over Towson in the season opener.
2007: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2007 graduate of Washington High School, Simmons was a three-sport standout ... earned four letters in football, three in basketball and three in track football team posted a 37-4 record over his final three years and won three-straight district and regional championships ... basketball team was district and region champs his senor year ... named All-State (Okla.) in football as a senior and was selected as the Daily Oklahoman Athlete of the Year ... named the Purcell Register Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year ... earned all-conference honors in basketball as a senior ... elected team captain of both the football and basketball teams his senior year ... served as student body president in his senior year ... brother, Zachary, played basketball at Wichita State from 2003-05, while his sister, Elizabeth, plays at Oklahoma Baptist ... loves to hunt and fish ... was the valedictorian of his graduating class ... full name is Tyler Mark Simmons ... born April 28, 1989, in Norman, Okla. ... son of Bob and Linda Simmons ... majoring in history.