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Brad Simpson
Player Profile:
Brad Simpson 804605
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Ralston
Major: Communication Studies
Honors & Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Lunch Bucket Award
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2014)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)

Linebacker Brad Simpson completed his Nebraska career in 2016. The 6-0, 230-pound Simpson was one of Nebraska's elite special teams performers throughout his career, leading the team in special teams tackles as a senior, while also adding depth at linebacker.

A former walk-on, Simpson was placed on scholarship before his senior season. He had the reputation as one of Nebraska's hardest workers as evidenced by him being presented the Lunch Bucket Award following his senior year. Simpson graduated with his degree in communication studies in December of 2016. 

2016 (Senior)
Simpson played in every game and was one of Nebraska's top special teams performers and provided depth at linebacker. Simpson tied with Luke McNitt for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles, including three solo stops. He had a season-high three tackles against Maryland. 

2015 (Junior)
Simpson played in all 13 games as a regular on the Huskers' special teams units. He made four tackles, all on special teams. Simpson also provided depth at linebacker.

2014 (Sophomore)

Simpson played in 10 games, primarily on special teams. He made five tackles, all on special teams, including a career-high three stops in the Holiday Bowl against USC, and one each against Fresno State and Purdue.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Simpson saw action in four games on special teams in 2013, but did not have a tackle.

2012 (Redshirt)
Simpson redshirted in his first season in 2012, and worked on the scout team.

Before Nebraska (Ralston HS)
Simpson shined on both sides of the football for Ralston High School, leading the Rams to the second round of the Nebraska Class B state playoffs and an 8-3 overall record in 2011. Simpson tallied 98 tackles, including 65 solo stops, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries for Coach Tyler Zahn, a former Husker linebacker. Simpson was named to the Class B all-state team by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald as a senior.

Simpson also led the Ralston offense at quarterback, finishing with 802 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, while throwing for 881 yards and seven scores. On special teams, Simpson averaged more than 34 yards a punt and had a long of 57 yards. At the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl, Simpson was named the game’s defensive MVP after recording a sack and intercepting a pass that he returned 21 yards for a touchdown.

Simpson chose to walk on at NU over scholarship offers from both Central Missouri and Nebraska-Kearney.

Personal
The son of Dan and Carrie Simpson, Brad was born on Oct. 24, 1993. He was a communication studies major and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December of 2016. He claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2014. Simpson volunteered his time with the Community Action partnership and team hospital visits.

Simpson's Career Statistics
» Games Played – 40 (4 in 2013; 10 in 2014; 13 in 2015, 13 in 2016)
» Tackles – 10 UT, 9 AT, 19 TT; 4 UT, 1 AT, 5 TT in 2014; 3 UT, 1 AT, 4 TT in 2015, 3 UT, 7 AT, 10 TT in 2016
» Single-Game Tackles– 3 vs. USC, 2014 Holiday Bowl, vs. Maryland (2016)
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