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56  Sam Simpson
Sam Simpson

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Lexington, Ky.

High School:
Henry Clay

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 292

Position:
Center

Experience:
SQ


01/27/2012

47 Wildcats on SEC Fall Honor Roll

Student-athletes from football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball represented

  • UK Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Player by UK coaches (2009)

Played well in the spring, moving up the depth chart to second-team center behind returning starter Matt Smith ... Has the playing savvy one would expect from the son of a coach ... Also has the ability to be a long snapper.

2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see game action in 2010 ... Was the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the Akron game.

2009 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Coaching staff named him the team's Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Player for the season ... Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week twice during the season.

High School: Among the nation's top center prospects ... Rated No. 3 in the country by Scout.com, No. 10 by Rivals.com ... One of the nation's top-50 players as chosen by the Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year program ... First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Secondteam all-state by The Associated Press ... Named to the Lexington Herald- Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" list of the top-22 seniors in the state ... Honorable-mention all-state as a junior ... Three-year member of the allregion, all-district and all-city teams ... Played for his father, Coach Sam Simpson, at Henry Clay HS in Lexington ... Helped Henry Clay to three consecutive playoff appearances, including a 12-2 record and trip to the state semifinals his sophomore season ... Also saw action at defensive tackle and as a long snapper ... "Sam is a smart player; he's been around the game so long he's like a coach on the field," Coach Simpson said. "Physically, he has size, speed, quickness and good hands." ... Also played basketball in high school ... Member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a weighted grade-point average of approximately 4.1 ... President of his senior class ... Member of the Youth Leadership Council for the city of Lexington ... Was a volunteer youth basketball coach three years, including one season in which he helped coach a team with former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry.

Personal: Born in Lebanon, Ky. ... Son of Sam and Sheri Simpson ... The elder Simpson played at Kentucky from 1977-79 and was a teammate of current Wildcat assistant coach Chuck Smith ... The younger Simpson has a brother, Salin, who played football at Middle Tennessee and Georgetown ... Major is business administration.

Community Cats: Participated in a youth football banquet (2009) ... Additional events with Read Across America, the UK Hospital Dance Blue fundraiser, Dixie Elementary School and Partis Elementary School (2010).

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