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Ko Simpson
Ko  Simpson


Rock Hill, S.C.

High School:
Rock Hill

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 201




2004 SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press
2004 Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Assocation of America
2004 Freshman All-America by The Sporting News
2004 All-SEC Second Team by the Coaches and AP
SEC Defensive Player of the Week for game vs. Arkansas in 2004
2005 SEC Preseason All-SEC First Team

2005 Preseason >> All-America and All-SEC candidate ... Missed the majority of spring practice with a hand injury ... Looks to build on a 2004 season in which he was recognized as the SEC's Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press and was a Freshman All-America selection by several publications.

2004 >> Burst upon the scene to have an outstanding rookie campaign ... Named SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press ... Freshman All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News ... SEC All-Freshman selection ... Second team All-SEC by the AP and by the Coaches ... SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the victory over Arkansas (four tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception) ... Started all 11 games at free safety ...Tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions on the season, a total that ranked 3rd nationally ... Was solid in his varsity debut vs. Vanderbilt, with four tackles and two pass break ups ... Made a brilliant defensive play vs. Georgia, when he picked off a David Greene pass and took it to the house 57 yards for a touchdown ... Also broke up two passes and had five tackles in that game ... Had three tackles, an interception and a pass break up vs. South Florida ... Had a team-high eight tackles vs. Troy ... Made his third interception of the year against Alabama ... Also had six tackles in that victory ... Led the team with 10 stops vs. Ole Miss, including one tackle for loss ... Came up with his fourth interception of the year vs. Tennessee ... Against Arkansas, he scooped up a fumble and ran it back 57 yards for a touchdown, a play that proved to swing momentum in the Gamecocks' favor ... His 5th interception of the season helped seal the win over the Razorbacks, as he picked off a pass from Matt Jones at the two-yard line with 45 seconds remaining ... Came up with his sixth interception of the season vs. Florida ... His six interceptions were the most by a Gamecocks in one season since 1997, when safety Arturo Freeman (now with the Miami Dolphins) also had six picks.

2003 >> Signed with Carolina but did not enroll in school until the spring semester, 2004.

HIGH SCHOOL >> Defensive back standout on the Rock Hill Class AAAA State Championship team ... Recorded 63 solo tackles, 49 assists and four interceptions with six pass break ups his junior year ... On the offensive side of the ball, he caught 22 passes for 525 yards and four touchdowns as a junior ... Played for Coach Jim Ringer at Rock Hill High.

PERSONAL >> Born Nov. 9, 1983 ... Major is sport and entertainment management.



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