Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
A.J. Simmons
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: RS... Simmons showed in spring ball that he could be a big factor at tight end in 2007 and enters fall camp listed as a co-starter at the ?'big Y’ position... Can add a different dimension when lining up in the slot  in UA’s new offense... Physical development was solid during his redshirt year in 2006... Recruited as a two-way player but assigned to offensive team 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... PrepStar All-America and All-West... All-metro first-team TE by San Francisco Chronicle... Four-star rating at defensive end by Scout and Rivals, top 20 position by both services... Second-team all-state medium school by Cal Hi Sports as junior... No. 20 national defensive end recruit by OAL League champ 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 areas of interest are math and marine biology... Given name is Aron, but goes by A.J.... Date of birth:  Aug. 12, 1988.



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