Purple Pride Line: Simmons Ready to Be Unleashed!

At Saturday's media day I was finishing up and interview and looked into the stands at KSU Stadium and noticed a player sitting alone looking to be deep in thought. It was linebacker Marvin Simmons, the much-heralded player from Compton College in California who originally signed with USC coming out of high school. Upon coming to Manhattan, Simmons caused a lot of excitement among everyone associated with Kansas State football. Here is part one of our interview.

Things just haven't worked out as planned, and Marvin Simmons has been the great enigma since his arrival in Manhattan. Simmons has spent more time on the sidelines than on the field. At 6-1 and 240 lbs. Simmons is a powerful tackler; full of talent and promise, this linebacker is blessed with all the physical tools that any player could ever want. Less playing time in the past can be attributed to one sentence that's been uttered by Coach Snyder himself. "The only thing that's kept Marvin off the field, is Marvin."

Simmons didn't solidify his bid for a starting job or even more playing time after a poor performance during the spring practice and an under whelming performance in the spring game itself.

This is a different year and when I sat down with him a soft-spoken and reserved Simmons discussed some of his reasons for optimism not only for himself, but the team as a whole.

"I think as a team we've improved overall and there's a feeling of anger out there and we have a lot to prove said Simmons. Our fans, the community, and everyone who supports our team deserve a better season, and we owe it to them. We also owe it to ourselves and to coach, we are collectively much better than we were at this time last year. We're just taking things one day at a time and we know we have Florida International in a few weeks and we can't wait."

Simmons has had his moments on the field for "The Cats" but inconsistent play and trouble with the system has hampered Simmons progress. After several years in the system and knowing what the coaches expect is Simmons comfortable and ready to take that next step?

"I have been inconsistent that would be an honest assessment, said Simmons. Obviously I've been in the system for what is my third year and I've now been able to grow with Coach Cosh which will make a difference."

The coaching staff is anxious to have Marvin Simmons a part of this defense because if he develops the potential tag he's had his entire career here at Kansas State this could be a special defense. So far so good in early practices but only time will tell.

"The two a days we've had so far Marvin's been great said Defensive End Coach Joe Bob Clements, but we don't play a game until September 3rd. Everybody so far in practice has been doing things the way we want them done, and maybe Marvin's seeing that. If I was him I would want to be a part of this, if I had a choice why would you not? Marvin's a human being, with a heartbeat so you've got to think he can see what's going on and hopefully he wants to be a part of it, and we'd all like him to be. If he chooses to it great, if he doesn't we'll still have three good players out there."

Part 2 on Wednesday Simmons discusses what changes outside of football have happened in his life that will improve him not only as football player, but as a human being.


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