Game in Lawrence kicks off a stretch of eight games in eight weeks for OSU.
Saw significant playing time as a redshirt freshman and should see the field often in 2013 ... Has settled in at middle linebacker.
2012 (Freshman): Played in every game but the opener ... Got his first career start against Louisiana ... Two of his seven tackles were behind the line of scrimmage (vs. Louisiana and Purdue) ... Had three tackles against Louisiana and two against Texas Tech.
High School: An athletic linebacker who earned first-team all-state honors as selected by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in talent-rich Georgia ... Also a first-team all-county and all-district selection ... Had 138 tackles as a senior and caused six fumbles ... Had 122 stops as a junior ... Ranked by Rivals No. 31 in the country at his position and the No. 52 prospect in Georgia ... Scout ranked him No. 75 among the nation's outside linebacker recruits ... According to recruiting services, he also had offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky ... Played in the North-South All-Star Game ... Team captain.
Personal: Born Nov. 20, 1992, in Atlanta ... Son of Bobbie Sherod and Jerome Simmons ... Undecided on a major ... Youngest of three siblings.