“I know that I can take on the challenge of converting from a quarterback to a college receiver. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I look forward to taking on the challenge,” said Simon. “It will be a fun challenge and I’m just looking forward to it. I’m one of those kind of guys that when someone puts something difficult in front of me I take it one and look forward to it. That’s what I’m going to do at BYU. I know it’s going to be a challenge but there’s a reason why they recruited me to come in and play wide receiver. If the coaches believe I can do that, I know I can do it.”
Despite being a prep quarterback, Simon believes that if he were ever called upon to take on the task of doing such at BYU he could get the job done. It’s not something he thinks about but knows if he were ever called upon he would gladly switch back and sling the ball around if needed.
“We haven’t really talked about any quarterback stuff right now,” said Simon. “We’ve just focused on me coming in and making an early impact at the wide receiver position my freshman year. They do know that I can throw the ball, but what they need right now is for me to come in and contribute at receiver.
“If they asked me to switch back I would take the challenge and the opportunity to get back to what I was doing. That would be kind of crazy but at the same time that would be fun if that did happen. I don’t think it ever will but if it did, I would take on the challenge for sure. Playing quarterback is fun but I’m looking forward to catching passes now instead of throwing them.”
Simon hopes to use his physical tools to make an impact at the receiver position. His combination of size and speed make him an attractive threat in BYU’s future offense.
“I think my speed is something they feel I can use to break down defensive secondaries,” said Simon. “I think my speed will really help change some things up offensively. I think I’m a versatile player to where I can run routes down field but also be used in the screen game, where I can use my elusive running style. I also think they’ll use my speed to be a deep threat as well.
“I’m going to work really hard in the off-season to get faster. Right now I run a 4.49 but I need to get faster, so in the off-season I’m going to work on my speed and quickness to get my forty time down even more.”
The conversion process will take some time and Simon knows he has a lot of work to do ahead of him. Learning how to get off the line, run routes properly, and catch the ball down field is going to take some work.
“I’ll have to work on the small things but also on the bigger things to be a more effective receiver,” said Simon. “I’ll have to learn things like how to get off the press and off the block quickly and into my routes so I can be as prepared as possible. I’ll have a lot of learning to do and this is something I understand. A lot of these guys have already played receiver their whole lives, so I’ll have to learn a lot and prepare myself even more so I can be unstoppable. I just have to prepare myself before I get there so I can be ready to learn even more from Coach Holliday when I get to BYU for fall camp.”
To help with that he’ll be working with a few receiver coaches and trainers prior to joining BYU’s football in this up and coming fall.
“I have a couple of guys that I’ve been in contact with to help me develop more as a receiver,” said Simon. “I’ll have a trainer in the summer who is going to prepare me and help me hone my receiver skills before I get there. I’ll be working really hard so I can learn the things that will help me be successful, so that way I’m not starting from scratch when I get to BYU. I want to be ready to jump right in when I get there.”