Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant are two of his 6 a.m. workout buddies - for extra running, training or studying, something Coach Urban Meyer calls "harnessing the power of the elite" ... "Ohio State is getting better," Meyer says, (because Simon is leading the way) ... enters his senior campaign with 11.5 career sacks and 28.5 career tackles-for-loss.
Simon was a leader on and off the field whose efforts were always exemplary ... Simon was repeatedly referred to as the heart and soul of the 2012 team by Meyer, and he has the distinction of being only the eighth two-time captain in school history and the first since James Laurinaitis in 2008 and 2009 ... he was twice named a semifinalist for the prestigious Lott IMPACT Award and in 2012 he was a finalist for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Bobby Bowden Award ... he capped his career by being named the Big Ten Conference's 2012 Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Award ... he was also named the Big Ten's 2012 Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranking second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards ... his sacks and TFLs each ranked among the Top 25 nationally ... those numbers also boosted Simon to No. 7 all-time at Ohio State in both categories, with 20.5 sacks and 43.0 TFLs ... he was named all-Big Ten by both the media and the coaches and a third-team Associated Press All-American as both a junior and a senior.
In 2012 he was a second-team Walter Camp All-American and was voted as the Ohio State team MVP ... a four-year Varsity O letterwinner, Simon played in 50 games and started 37 consecutive games before a knee injury sidelined him for the final game of his senior season, a 26-21 win over Michigan that completed a 12-0 regular season for the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes ... during his senior season, Simon tied the school record with 5.0 tackles-for-loss (for minus-24 yards with two sacks and a forced fumble) against Nebraska and was named Big Ten player of the week and national defensive player of the week by the Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and National Performance organizations ... he had four quarterback sacks (for minus-36 yards; fourth-most yards lost for a game at Ohio State) vs. Wisconsin ... as a junior he had four TFLs against Illinois and he is now the only Buckeye to ever have a five-TFL game and a four-TFL game ... Simon's 87 TFL yards in 2012 rank ninth all-time at Ohio State and his career TFL yardage total of 195 yards ranks sixth all-time in school history.
Named a third-team Associated Press All-American in 2011 and he was also named first-team All-Big Ten Conference by the league's coaches ... he was a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and also was honored with Ohio State's Bill Willis Award as the team's outstanding defensive player ... Simon played multiple positions along the line last season and lead the Buckeyes with seven quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss (for minus-59 yards), figures that ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference ... he also accumulated 53 tackles and broke up three passes ... he was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after a nine-tackle performance against Illinois that included four TFLs (second-highest total in school history) and two sacks ... he had a career-best 10 tackles vs. Indiana.
Aas a true sophomore in 2010 he played in and started all 13 games and was named honorable mention all-Big Ten ... he returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown vs. Minnesota.
Simon played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2009, recording 16 tackles on the season ... coaches honored him with the 1st Year Defensive Player Award.
Two-time all-state honoree for coach P.J. Fecko at Cardinal Mooney H.S. ... state's Division IV and NE Ohio's defensive player of the year as a senior when he had 148 tackles, 13 TFLs, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles ... helped Cardinal Mooney to three state title games and a regional semifinals appearance ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game.
Majoring in sports & leisure studies ... member of the National Honor Society and a Cardinal Mooney Ambassador ... is the son of Renee and John Simon.
- Despite being hampered by a knee injury that limited him to just 11 games in 2012, Simon was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year with 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a career-high nine sacks. On more than one occasion, the high-effort Simon was characterized by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer as the "heart and soul" of the team.
Simon demonstrated enough athleticism during his drills Monday to reassure scouts from 3-4 clubs of his ability to pressure the quarterback as a stand-up rusher. He was clocked between 4.62 and 4.70 in the 40-yard dash and posted times of 4.42 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.10 in the three-cone drill. These times are in line with some of the other intriguing "second-tier" hybrid edge rushers of the 2013 draft class, like Auburn's Corey Lemonier and Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins, among others.
Sporting similarly compact builds, as well as burst and power, Simon and the 6-0, 242-pound Harrison have a lot of similarities in the way that they wreak havoc off the edge. If healthy, Simon could prove to be an immediate impact defender likely to be available in the second to third round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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