2005 Team Captain
2004 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (A.P.)
2004 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
2004 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Coaches)
2004 Team Safety of the Year
An all-conference performer who looks to build on his break-out season of 2004 with more of the same in his senior campaign ... Is a hard-nosed defender who could challenge for national honors as a free safety ... Is a relentless competitor who adds a perfect football toughness and mentality to his game, and has blossomed into a leader of his defensive teammates ... With 29 career starts, is by far the most experienced player on the Tiger defense (next most returning starts is Dedrick Harrington with 18) ... With 243 career tackles entering the 2005 season, needs 80 tackles to rank among MU's alltime top-10 in that category.
Had a break-out year which saw him earn 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press after registering career highs in virtually every statistical category ... His development was a key reason for the improvement in MU's defense ... Ranked second on the team with 98 tackles and his 15 tackles for loss was most on the squad, an impressive feat playing from the free safety position ... Tied for the team lead with 2 forced fumbles, and was second on the squad with his 6 passes broken up ... Playing in his home state of Texas, made a game-changing play at Baylor, when he stepped in front of a pass for his first career interception, and raced 46 yards inside the BU 10-yardline to set up a Tiger score late in the 1st half to help MU get some cushion in what was a tight game ... Had double-digit tackles in four games on the season, including three straight in a stretch against Texas, Oklahoma State and Nebraska ... Had a season-high total of 12 tackles twice on the year, against Arkansas State and Oklahoma State ... Had TFLs in 8-of-11 games on the year, including 5 games that saw him register 2 or more ... Made a career-best 4 stops behind the line of scrimmage in a superb individual effort against Nebraska ... Also had 2 TFLs in games against Arkansas State, Ball State, Oklahoma State and Kansas ... Had 2 sacks on the season, getting to the QB once each against Ball State (3 yards) and at Nebraska (8 yds.) ... Forced fumbles against Troy and at Texas.
Started 9 games on the year, and his production numbers increased nicely from a year ago ... Had 81 total tackles in 12 games, and contributed 8 tackles for loss (37 yards), including 2 sacks (15 yards), both up significantly from 2002 ... Ended as Mizzou's 4th-leading tackler on the year ... Was one of MU's top tacklers in the 2003 Independence Bowl, when he had 8 tackles against Arkansas ... Had 1 sack in each of the last 2 regular-season games, (Texas A&M and Iowa State) ... Had a 3-game stretch early in the year with double-digit tackle totals ... Started with a career-high 13 tackles versus Middle Tennessee State and followed with 10 tackles each against Kansas and Nebraska ... Had 3 tackles for loss (9 yards) against the Huskers ... Broke up 2 passes at #1 Oklahoma as MU's defense held the high-powered OU offense to 14 points under its season average ... Recovered a fumble against Eastern Illinois, and added 2 tackles for loss on the day (11 yards) ... Did not play in the Kansas State game due to disciplinary reasons, but returned for the Iowa State contest ... Was named to the Columbia Daily Tribune's "All-Interview" Team, based on his quoteable nature.
Played all 12 games, starting 9 in his first collegiate season ... Ended as MU's 6th-leading tackler, with 64 stops, including 2 for losses ... Broke up 2 passes on the year and registered one quarterback hurry ... Was a starter at the whip position for the first 7 games of the year and the last 2 of the season ... Opened his career with a solid 8-tackle outing, with one hurry, vs. Illinois ... Had a career-best 13 stops in game three at Bowling Green ... Ended the season with an 11-tackle performance against 10th-ranked Kansas State (including a career-best 5 assists) ... Named defensive co-player of the week for his efforts against Illinois ... Earned team's Big Hit award for a shot delivered against Bowling Green.
All-district and all-county selection on defensive ... Recorded 3 interceptions (one for a touchdown) and 2 fumble recoveries ... Tallied 78 tackles ... Named the team's defensive player of the week six times during the season and team MVP twice ... Caught six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns ... Also lettered in track ... High school coach - Waldon Willig ... Member of Young Life, HAMUN Geographical Society, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Also gave his time by volunteering in nursing homes.
Majoring in business ... Son of Mike Simpson and Charles and Karen Heitz ... Mother is the Assistant Athletic Director and basketball coach at the Woodlands High School ... Born April 6, 1983.
SIMPSON CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS UN-AS Total TFL-Yds. Sacks For.-Rec. Int.-Yds. PBU QBH
2002 12-9 41-23 64 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1
2003 12-9 56-25 81 8-37 2-15 0-1 0-0 3 1
2004 11-11 58-40 98 15-46 2-11 2-0 1-46 6 3
Totals 35-29 155-88 243 25-87 4-26 2-1 1-46 11 5