Simmons Will Miss Two Games

North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons will miss the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of two misdemeanor court cases.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons has been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season following the adjudication of two misdemeanor court cases in Orange County on Thursday morning.

The first two games of UNC's 2015 season are against South Carolina and NC A&T.

“Malik’s actions did not meet the standards of the Carolina football program and he will serve a significant penalty as a result,” said head coach Larry Fedora. “I’m confident he will learn from it and we can put these issues in the past.”

Simmons was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities for violating team rules on July 24 and reinstated to be able to participate in training camp, which convened on Aug. 2. At the first practice session on Aug. 3, Simmons was working with the second team unit.

He will continue to practice with the team and will be eligible to play in his first game against Illinois on September 19.

The Lehigh Acres, Fla. native moved to cornerback this spring after playing the ram position under former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. He’s started 15 games and recorded 81 tackles over the past two seasons. He concluded the spring season as a frontrunner for the starting job.

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