Tulsa - Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the 2013 season due to red-shirt status . . . a walk-on athlete . . . a tough, physical runner . . . possesses good speed . . . has great leadership qualities . . . voted to the team council as a red-shirt freshman . . . expect to contribute on special teams as a red-shirt freshman . . . named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll last year as a true freshman.
High School - Was a four-year letterman at Vian High School . . . started all four years at linebacker and was a three-year starter at running back . . . led his team to a 13-2 record and a class 2A state runner-up finish as a senior . . . rushed for 1,441 yards on 109 carries for a 13.2 average per carry his senior season . . . tallied 148 tackles and three interceptions as a senior . . . had 3,872 career rushing yards and collected 515 career stops, including 53 TFLs . . . earned all-state honors in football and wrestling . . . was the Muskogee Phoenix Male Athlete of the Year as a senior . . . was also named the Muskogee Phoenix Defensive Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons . . . high school football coach was Brandon Tyler.
Personal - Favorite movie is Brian's Song . . . his favorite TV show is "Friday Night Lights" . . . favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens . . . his favorite NFL Player is Danny Woodhead, while his favorite pro athlete is Kevin Durant . . . an old school song that he has on his iPod is "Eye of the Tiger" . . . favorite vacation spot is Bora Bora . . . the one word he uses to best describe himself is "determined" . . . a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes . . . full name is Rowdy Joe Simon . . . parents are Joe Paul and Brooke Simon . . . his dad played football at Tulsa from 1986-88 . . . majoring in exercise and sports science . . . born June 3, 1994 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
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