The UK football team held their annual Blue-White Spring Game
Looking to improve his playing time after seeing his first action last season ... Finished spring drills as a backup cornerback ... Has practiced at corner and safety during his career ... Has added approximately 20 pounds since signing with UK ... Has good speed.
2012 (Sophomore): Played in one game, at Missouri.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Continued to practice with the team.
2010 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: Versatile defensive back has the size to play safety and the speed and athleticism to play cornerback ... Has been timed as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical jump ... Has good upside as he gains experience ... Only began playing football as a high-school junior ... Earned all-region honors as a senior ... Helped Westlake HS advance to the Class AAAAA state playoffs during his senior season ... Had two interceptions in his two years of action ... Coached by Gregory Minnis ... "Eric has lightning speed," Minnis said. "He's like a sponge, soaking it all in and improving every day. He's also a great kid with a great personality." ... Also played for the basketball team. Personal: Born in Atlanta ... Son of Barnard Simmons and Synethia Simmons ... Eric's brother, Byron, played football at Gordon College ... Major is agricultural economics.
Community Cats: Participated in the "Gameday Ready" football clinic with the Birmingham Boys and Girls Clubs and the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12) ... Helped with the God's Pantry project (2012).
Eric Says ... My nickname is: E-Roc ... My favorite movie is: Anchorman ... I couldn't live without my: mom and dad ... My ideal vacation spot is: home ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: accounting.