Simmons clears spring hurdle

Colorado wide receiver recruit Andre Simmons needed to passes nine classes between signing day back in February and the beginning of fall camp in August in order to be academically eligible in Boulder. Get inside to find out how he's doing.

Andre Simmons remains totally confident he's going to be an eligible player on the Colorado roster this fall when the Buffs kickoff the season against Colorado State on Sept 5. He's so confident he will make it he has already started looking ahead to what kind of production he might be capable of in his first year in the Buffs' offense.

"That's one of my advantages, one my little secrets," Simmons said. "I take to the playbook really fast."

Simmons said he remains on track to join the Buffs after passing six classes this spring at Independence Community College in Kansas. He said he must take three summer classes to earn a total of nine credits to be able to put junior college behind him and become a Buff.

Simmons said he has two classes that begin on June 2 and end on June 30. He has a third class that will carry on into July. He said he expects to be finished with junior college and in Boulder in mid- to late-July.

So what makes him so sure he will get the job done? The worst is behind him.

"I'm 100 percent confident," Simmons said. "This was like one of my hardest semesters. I did what I can and like, three classes. That's really easy now."

Simmons said he remains in contact with CU offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau who has helped guide him and motivate him to stay on track academically. He said Kiesau calls at least once a week and they often talk more than that.

Simmons brings major ability to a team badly in need of it at the wide receiver position. The Buffs went through spring practices with just three wide receivers on scholarship. Simmons is one of four more slated to join the program this summer, including Michigan transfer Toney Clemons, who must sit out this season.

Simmons also is just what the team needs in terms of a speedster who can make plays and stretch defenses. Simmons said he once ran a 4.2-second 40-yard dash. He said he runs more consistently in the 4.3 to 4.4 range.

CU coaches have said Simmons will likely make significant contributions right away if he can qualify for school in Boulder. Kiesau has said Simmons, who is 6-foot-3 and up to 205 pounds, has the body of former CU wideout Patrick Williams and the speed and ball skills of current wide receiver and kick return man Josh Smith. He will be an exciting player to watch if or when he gets to campus.

"I'm going to get up there and try to get into the playbook," he said.

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