2005 (Sophomore): All-America and All-SEC candidate ... Missed the majority of spring practice with a hand injury ... Looks to build on a 2004 season in which he was recognized as the SEC's Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press and was a Freshman All-America selection by several publications.
2004 (Freshman): Burst upon the scene to have an outstanding rookie campaign ... Named SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press ... Freshman All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News ... SEC All-Freshman selection ... Second team All-SEC by the AP and by the Coaches ... SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the victory over Arkansas (four tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception) ... Started all 11 games at free safety ...Tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions on the season, a total that ranked 3rd nationally ... Was solid in his varsity debut vs. Vanderbilt, with four tackles and two pass break ups ... Made a brilliant defensive play vs. Georgia, when he picked off a David Greene pass and took it to the house 57 yards for a touchdown ... Also broke up two passes and had five tackles in that game ... Had three tackles, an interception and a pass break up vs. South Florida ... Had a team-high eight tackles vs. Troy ... Made his third interception of the year against Alabama ... Also had six tackles in that victory ... Led the team with 10 stops vs. Ole Miss, including one tackle for loss ... Came up with his fourth interception of the year vs. Tennessee ... Against Arkansas, he scooped up a fumble and ran it back 57 yards for a touchdown, a play that proved to swing momentum in the Gamecocks' favor ... His 5th interception of the season helped seal the win over the Razorbacks, as he picked off a pass from Matt Jones at the two-yard line with 45 seconds remaining ... Came up with his sixth interception of the season vs. Florida ... His six interceptions were the most by a Gamecocks in one season since 1997, when safety Arturo Freeman (now with the Miami Dolphins) also had six picks.
Personal: Born Nov. 9, 1983 ... Major is sport and entertainment management.
Pros: Simpson is an athletic, third-year sophomore who declared for the draft after only two seasons in college. He is a big, smooth athlete with the talent to become a starter with development. He has the ability and makeup of a blue-chip prospect. He has good size and very good speed, enabling him to get in on a lot of plays. He has fairly good instincts to read and react to the play and gets to the ball consistently. He can cover a lot of ground from his free safety spot where he played as a freshman before moving to the rover defender position last fall. In pass coverage, he matches up nicely with slot receivers, which will enable him to play in the dime package early in his career. He also has the recovery speed to blanket fast receivers in the deep game. Cons: He makes a lot of tackles, but is not a physical, big-hitting type. His level of development is a definite concern. He can be slow to react and needs development on his play recognition. He needs strength development to be more than a wrap-up tackler. He has limited experience playing in zone coverage and faces a steep learning curve. Numbers: At the Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds with 40.5” vertical jump and 10’2” broad jump. He did 11 reps the 225-pound