2010: Simmons will compete for playing time at defensive tackle as a senior in 2010.
2009: Simmons was moved back to defensive tackle, his original position at USC, from offensive guard prior to 2009 spring drills and served as a backup there as a junior in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing briefly in 7 games (all but Ohio State, Washington, California, UCLA, Arizona, Boston College), he made 8 tackles, including 2 for a loss (with a sack). He had 2 tackles (1 for a loss) against San Jose State, 1 tackle against Oregon State, 3 tackles (with a sack) at Arizona State and 2 tackles against Stanford.
2008: Simmons was switched to offensive guard from defensive tackle in 2008 fall camp and served as a reserve there as a sophomore in 2008. He appeared briefly in 10 games (all but Arizona, California and Stanford).
2007: Simmons saw brief action in 6 games (Idaho, Nebraska, Washington State, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Illinois) as a reserve defensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He made 2 tackles in 2007 (1 each against Idaho and Illinois). 2006: Simmons redshirted as a freshman defensive tackle-end in 2006, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2005 Super Prep Elite 50, Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team pick as a senior defensive lineman and tight end at Armijo High in Fairfield (Calif.). He made 72 tackles and 10 sacks in 2005, plus had 10 receptions for 174 yards (17.4 avg.) with 2 TDs.
As a junior in 2004, he was named All-League Lineman of the Year while making 72 tackles, 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH DEREK SIMMONS