2014: The experienced Simmons, who sat out the 2013 season after transferring, will battle to start at defensive tackle as a junior in 2014.
2013: Simmons, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2013 after starring at Texas Tech, redshirted the 2013 season as a junior defensive end because of NCAA transfer rules.
TEXAS TECH: He started 13 games on the defensive line as a sophomore at Texas Tech in 2012, getting 27 tackles, including 6 for a loss (with 2 sacks), and 2 deflections. He had 6 tackles against Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl and 4 tackles against both Baylor and TCU in 2012. He made the Rivals.com Big 12 All-Freshman team as a 2011 freshman defensive lineman.
He appeared in 10 games as a backup in 2011, getting 13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (with a sack).
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Super Prep All-American, U.S. Army All-American, Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Northeast, Prep Star All-East, Pennsylvania Class 4A Al-State first team, Pennsylvania Big 33, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA All-Foothills Conference as a senior defensive and offensive lineman at McKeesport (Penn.) High. He had 57 tackles, with 11 tackles for loss and 1 sack, in 2010.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH DELVON SIMMONS