Former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons has accepted an offensive graduate assistant position on the Clemson coaching staff working with Clemson's quarterbacks during the upcoming season.
"A position came open and it kind of fell into place for me to come back," said Simmons when reached by phone Tuesday evening. "I'm ecstatic.
"It's still the same great people that were here when I left. It's great to be coming back to Clemson in a different aspect."
Simmons, who is in Clemson already, will be working in an entirely different offense than what was employed during his tenure as the Tigers' signal caller. Nevertheless, he's thrilled to have the opportunity to return to work with a position he's obviously very familiar with.
"It's exciting," he said. "I'm still learning as I go but it's a great offense and I think we have the athletes and talent to be really good."
Following his career at Clemson, Simmons transferred to the The Citadel and had a short career with the Sioux City Bandits of the United Indoor Football League. He was most recently working with the quarterbacks at Lincoln High School near his hometown of Quincy, Fla.
Simmons is most remembered for several dramatic moments at Clemson, including a win on national television at North Carolina, where he came in and rallied the third-ranked Tigers from a major deficit and to keep them undefeated.
"The game that most people remember would definitely be the North Carolina game my freshman year," he told CUTigers.com in an interview in Apr. 2005.
"To step in as a redshirt freshman and being down 17-0 and to come in and tie a school record for touchdown passes. If you ask any Clemson fan, they will probably point to that game."
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