Freshman linebacker Greg Simmons leaves Husker football team, second departure this week

Greg Simmons has left the Husker football team after redshirting during the 2016 season.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Greg Simmons has left the Husker football team, Nebraska confirmed Wednesday. Husker Online first reported Simmons' departure.

Simmons did not appear in a game during his first season on campus. He was expected to compete for a reserve role at inside linebacker or special teams this season.

Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, Simmons was one of three linebackers in Nebraska's 2016 recruiting class. He committed to Miami early in the recruiting process before NU targeted him in February 2015, eventually securing his commitment.

Simmons had Husker ties. His godfather, Wonder Monds, was an All-America defensive back at Nebraska in the 1970's. Simmons was a consensus three-star prospect coming out of high school after logging 139 tackles as a senior.

He had a scary moment during training camp in the fall when he suffered a neck injury during practice and had to be carted off the field. His injuries were minor and he eventually returned to the field weeks later but that did stunt his development.

Linebackers coach Trent Bray in the spring that Simmons had cut weight during his redshirt season. "He's moving better," Bray said in December.

Simmons' departure leaves NU with six inside linebackers on the roster: senior Chris Weber, junior Dedrick Young, sophomore Mohamed Barry and freshmen Pernell Jefferson, Avery Roberts and Andrew Ward.

Simmons is the second Husker player this week to leave the team. Freshman receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. returned home to California with the opportunity to return to the team in January. 

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