UNC transfer Emery Simmons a welcome addition to the WR room

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Something was wrong with Emery Simmons. His trainer could tell.

During the morning run on the track, some of the Simmons South View High School (NC) his teammates ended up close to him. It was not normal. When they went to the weight room, trainer Rodney Brewington tried to figure out what was going on. It was then that Simmons told Brewington about his training.

Simmons wasn’t talking about the South View workout. He was talking about a previous training.

There were times when Simmons would get up around 4:25 a.m. and head to the gym with his dad and trainer before training at South View. It took some time before Brewington found out that Simmons had a sparring before a sparring session. But that day, he finally did. Simmons said that eventually Brewington had to cut off those early morning workouts during the summer because Simmons would wear down his body.

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“It was his work ethic that permeated the whole team,” Brewington said, “because he practiced twice a day and it didn’t give anyone else an excuse not to. give it your all once a day, and our program immediately took off with it.

Simmons is now gearing up for his first season with the Hoosiers. Her journey to Bloomington has now become somewhat circular. The transfer from the University of North Carolina is an intriguing part of Indiana’s receiving corps, not only because of its tangible assets, but also its intangible assets.

“This guy is a badass,” quarterback Jack Tuttle said of what stood out to him about Simmons. “Like, he’s mentally tough, physically tough, just a grinder, really just a grinder. He’ll be in the movie theater for hours – it’s unreal.

Simmons stood out at South View, where he played his junior and senior seasons. In those last two high school seasons, he had 122 receptions for 2,333 yards and 30 touchdowns. As a senior, he made a catch worth mentioning. The South View quarterback rolled just before throwing the football at his body. Simmons, who had two defenders right on him, jumped back and carried him.

“I think from there, I mean it was really the legend that’s alive,” Brewington said. “I mean, it was just amazing. I mean, almost every game he did some kind of circus catch.

Recruiting Simmons in high school was a bit of a winding road. He committed to IU, then North Carolina, then Penn State, before finally committing and then signing with North Carolina. In 30 games with the Tar Heels, Simmons had 30 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns. But in early November 2021, Simmons entered the transfer portal. A month later, he committed to IU.

“Well, we liked him at first,” IU coach Tom Allen said of Simmons. “We’re delighted to have him, disappointed to have lost him, happy to have him back. And knowing his parents really well and that’s kind of, you know, a uniqueness about some of these guys that you have the chance to know and then come full circle, you know, so you don’t feel like you’re just having a guy that you don’t really understand where he’s from and everything… Me and him talked a lot , I mean, he loves being here, you know, and loves the opportunity to be where he originally committed to.”

Brewington said Simmons was “a coach’s dream”. He later added that Simmons is “Superman and Clark Kent”. At school ? “It was a matter of business,” Brewington said. “…He was silent as a mouse.” But in the pads? “It was that guy,” Brewington said. Another unique part of Simmons is her passion for fashion. Simmons attributes it to his father, who is a “sneakerhead” and “loves clothes”. Ask Simmons about fashion and it’ll probably be clear he knows what he’s talking about.

“It depends on the mood of the day,” Simmons said. “If you want to be casual, I mean you can wear an oversized shirt with nice jeans, faded jeans, nice shoes. But if you really want to take it a step further and show people you can put it on for real , then you could put on a little two-piece suit, a little two-piece suit with a turtleneck…”

IU’s receiving group largely struggled last season, as did the majority of their offense. There has been turnover in the receiving group since last season. Ty Fryfogle and Miles Marshall are among those no longer on the program. That leaves opportunities for players like 6-foot-1, 186-pound Simmons, among others, to make an impact. At UNC, Simmons said he mostly played outdoors. At IU, Simmons wants to play both indoors and outdoors.

Maybe it’s worth revisiting the fact that Simmons would get up so early to practice. He made it clear – he was the one knocking on his parents’ door to wake up his dad for those workouts. “Pop, come on, time to go,” Simmons recalled saying. Simmons brushed his teeth and waited for his father in the car.

“I just wanted to be awesome,” Simmons said. “That’s all I want to show. Consistency and being excellent in everything I do.

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