Fresno State: Enters this season as the top punter in the conference and one of the best in the nation ? made tremendous strides from the 2000 season ? equally capable of driving a punt deep or placing it inside the 10-yard-line. (2001) Served as the team?s punter the entire season ? had 66 punts for 2,870 yards, a 43.5 average ? behind Simpson, the Bulldogs led the WAC in punting ? finished 18th in the nation in punt average ? a first-team All-WAC selection ? placed 20 of his 66 punts inside the 20-yard line ? FS was 17th in the NCAA in net punting at 38.23 ? had a big game against Colorado, averaging 51.5 yards on his eight punts, including a long of 65. He was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort. (2000) Was the Fresno State punter for all of 2000 ? had 67 punts and averaged 38.0 yards per attempt ? had 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and only one touchback ? his long of 56 yards came against TCU ? best game as a Bulldog came at UTEP, where he had nine punts for a 47.2 average, including a long of 55 yards. Four of his punts that day were over 50 yards.
Fullerton Junior College: Was a wide receiver and punter ? honorable mention All-American by the J.C. Grid-Wire ... was selected first-team All-Mission Conference as a punter and second-team All-Mission Conference as a wide receiver ... led the conference in average yards per punt with 41.8 ... had 12 punts inside the 20 and 11 of 50 or more yards ... last season had 55 punts for 2,299 yards with a long punt of 72 ... had 32 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns with a long of 65 yards.
High School: Lettered three times in football and twice in basketball ? two-time all-league, All-CIF and all-county in football ? had 69 receptions as a senior, including a high of nine in one game ? was named all-league in basketball twice.
Personal: Born May 22, 1980, in Long Beach, Calif. ? parents are Lynn and Bill Simpson ? has a brother, Brett, and two sisters, Virginia and Sarah ? his uncle, Patrick, and father, Bill, played football at Michigan State ? favorite athlete is Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors ... father had a stellar NFL career.
STATISTICS Year Punts Yds Avg Long I20 TB 2000 67 2,544 38.0 56 18 1 2001 68 2,870 43.5 65 20 13 Totals 133 5,414 40.7 65 38 14
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