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Brad Simpson heads into his senior season in 2016 hoping to continue in his role on the Huskers' special teams, while contending for additional playing time at linebacker. The 6-0, 230-pound Simpson has been one of Nebraska's top coverage men and special teams tacklers the past two seasons. He also has the versatility to play multiple linebacker positions, a position group that returns intact for the 2016 season.
Simpson originally joined the program as a walk-on from Ralston High School.
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.
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.
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.
The son of Dan and Carrie Simpson, Brad was born on Oct. 24, 1993. He is a communication studies major. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2014. Simpson has volunteered his time with the Community Action partnership and team hospital visits.
» Tackles – 7 UT, 2 AT, 9 TT; 4 UT, 1 AT, 5 TT in 2014; 3 UT, 1 AT, 4 TT in 2015