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#88 A.J. Simmons
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 255
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
High School: Bishop O'Dowd HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Arizona: 3L... Will give UA an experienced leader at his position... Simmons got the call for every-day action in 2009 when All-American Rob Gronkowski was sidelined for the year before it even started, and turned in a credible performance... Had 10 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown... Had seven formation starts... Tied career high with two receptions each in CMU, NAU and at California... Caught a career-best 26-yard throw for a TD against Golden Bears to give Arizona a fourth-quarter lead it held for eight minutes, later earning coaches' offensive player of the week honor... Also had 21- (CMU) and 23-yard (UW) catches... Played in 12 games in 2008 with two starts in jumbo sets... Caught a pair of passes, against Toledo and Washington... Admirable showing as the backup tight end his redshirt freshman season in 2007, playing in 10 games... Caught one pass in short yardage against Stanford, scoring from three yards out... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in 2007... Recruited as a two-way player but assigned to offense upon arrival...

High School: Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, Calif., 2006... SuperPrep All-America and All-Farwest as a defensive lineman... First-team All-HAAL League 2005 for coach Paul Perenon... SuperPrep All-America and All-West... All-metro first-team TE by San Francisco Chronicle... Second-team all-state medium school by Cal Hi Sports as junior... No. 20 national defensive end recruit by Scout.com... OAL League champs Warriors team in 2005, lost in North Coast 2-A playoffs... Senior year with 40 tackles, five sacks, three fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries... Caught 11 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns senior year.... Helped run-oriented Dragons rush for 2734 yards... Made an `06 Internet `virtual' team, EA Sports All-Championship for East Bay ... Junior statistics of 19 receptions for 286 yards and five scores, plus 42 tackles, three sacks and four fumble plays... Also played baseball for 3A Division state champion Dragons as a junior, team that finished 25-1, No. 17 ranking by Baseball America...

Personal: Academic major is psychology... Date of birth: Aug. 12, 1988.

Career Totals:

Year

G-GS

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Long

2007

10-0

1

3

3.0

1

3

2008

12-2

2

11

5.5

0

7

2009

13-7

10

132

13.2

1

26

Total

35-9

13

146

11.2

2

26

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