Kentucky football team to conclude 2012 home schedule vs. Samford on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET
Former Kentucky center Sam Simpson is in his first season as a student assistant coach for the Wildcats, working with the offensive line.
After redshirting his freshman season, Simpson played two seasons at UK before giving up football due to injuries. Prior to becoming a student coach, Simpson moved up the depth chart to second-team center. He was named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the week for the Akron game in 2010 and was the team's Most Valuable Offensive Scout Team Player during his 2009 redshirt season. He also was a 2011 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll member and active in community service.
Simpson, a native of Lexington, Ky., played for his father and former Wildcat Sam Simpson at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., where he was among the nation's top center prospects. He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal and second-team all-state by The Associated Press. He also was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth list of the top-22 seniors in the state.
Simpson is currently working on a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in communications.