James Simms of Laurel had some modest goals last season as a redshirt freshman at Towson University.
“Playing as a freshman I am going to get some tackles and get some playing time and try to keep my position,” Simms told himself.
He did much more than that.
A 6-foot-3 linebacker, the Reservoir High graduate started 11 games for the Tigers and led Towson in tackles with 99.
Simms was sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association with 9.0 tackles per contest and was named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list given to the best freshmen at the Football Championship Subdivision [FCS] level.
He recorded seven tackles for negative yardage, intercepted one...